BAT FOR LASHES shares new single ‘Home’

Bat For Lashes
Credit: Michal Pudelka

London-based musician and multi-disciplinary artist Natasha Khan – aka Bat For Lashes – today shares ‘Home’, a surprise cover of the dance track by American producer and DJ Baauer as remixed by Special Request; propulsive, bassy and heady. The re-imagining is the third single from her upcoming sixth studio album ‘The Dream Of Delphi’, out May 31st via acclaimed label Mercury KX, heralding a new era for the three time Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominee.

The inclusion of ‘Home’ on the new album serves as a gift to its muse, Khan’s daughter Delphi. “It was Delphi’s favourite song,” she reflects; “We just played it over and over and over again every time we got in the car and she’d giggle and squeal. So I did it for her, really – because when she looks back on this album, we can say that was your favourite song that you loved as a little baby”.

In The Dream of Delphi, we meet the Motherwitch: the name Khan gives to the armour she puts on when she is exploring the depths and peaks of herself in her new capacity as a parent and protector. “I’ve turned the mother in me into this more potent, heightened archetype of the aspects of myself that are a mother. [The Motherwitch] helps me be able to take something so vulnerable and personal out into the world – I felt I couldn’t just do it as Natasha, because it’s so, so deep.”

Moments of quiet domesticity sit amongst flashes of existential wonder in these ten spiralling compositions. Lyrics about the break-up of Natasha’s relationship with Delphi’s father interweave with the place of the mother in the never-ending cycle of life, death and rebirth. Ideas and sounds both ancient and modern also mesh mesmerisingly together, pianos, bass flutes and harps blending with organs, mellotrons and the whirling sound patterns of synthesisers, inspired by her love of female and trans artists like Delia Derbyshire, Constance Demby and Beverly Glenn Copeland, and her longstanding interests in ambient and orchestral film soundtracks.

After teasing new music and live staging last year as part of the Christine & The Queens curated Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, Bat For Lashes will take to the stage again this summer for her first run of headline concerts for five years with a highly conceptual show that combines movement and elements of performance art alongside her virtuosic vocal performance and live band.

Last year Bat For Lashes released ‘Motherwitch’, a hand-illustrated reimagining of Tarot using multiple original female archetypes, visual symbols and an abstract spiritualist painters’ colour palette across 40 cards to provide a storyteller’s guide into the mysteries and beauty of our own internal landscapes. The Motherwitch oracle deck lands somewhere between Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s ‘Oblique Strategies’ and the Wild Unknown Tarot Deck, while the deck also stands alone as a bespoke art object in and of itself. The 40 cards were entirely designed and conceived by Khan, creating an oracle deck for use as a tool for the creative process and also as a conduit to the subconscious realms.

‘The Dream of Delphi’ marks a stark new chapter in the already varied, and critically acclaimed story of Bat For Lashes. Welcome to ‘The Motherwitch’s’ domain.

Bat For Lashes

The Dream Of Delphi Tracklist:
1. The Dream Of Delphi
2. Christmas Day
3. Letter To My Daughter
4. At Your Feet
5. The Midwives Have Left
6. Home (Single Version)
7. Breaking Up
8. Delphi Dancing
9. Her First Morning
10. Waking Up
11. The Dream of Delphi (Bonus Extended Strings Version)

Bat For Lashes Tour Dates:

12-Jun O2 Academy 2, Oxford UK (Sold Out)
18-Jun Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
19-Jun Beacon, Bristol, UK
24-Jun Barbican, London, UK
25-Jun Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion, UK
27-Jun Aviva Studios, Manchester, UK
6-Jul Beauregard Festival, France
29-Jun Siren’s Call Festival, Luxembourg
18-Jul Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
23-Aug Edinburgh International Festival, UK


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