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Bat For Lashes grasps for a wistful ’80s aesthetic with her self-released fifth studio album ‘Lost Girls’
‘Lost Girls’ sees Natasha Khan’s BFL channel the soft focus FM synth glow of the ‘80s in a similar way to IDIB’s Johnny Jewel and co. while heavily referencing the dream-pop of Kate Bush, who has long been cited as an inspiration on her sound.
Following her ‘Sexwitch’ album of ‘70s inspirations, the choice to go all ‘80s just as everyone is nodding to the ‘90s and even the zero zeros feels a bit contrary, but also makes a natural fit to BFL’s sensibilities, which have long displayed an affection for the era’s emergence of dream-pop tropes and the digital language of modern pop music.
Working closely with co-producer Charles Scott IV, Khan makes her influences feel dreamily detached from the here and now, instantly separating her from the contemporary crowd and offering a fine framework for her tendency toward a sort of textural sensuality not often found in modern pop music.
Listen out for highlights between her 4AD-skooled shoegaze moment ‘Vampires’, embellished with extra synth and sax, along with a clear thing for Cyndi Lauper in ‘Safe Tonight’, plus super sultry vibes in Jasmine’, and a very Jai Paul-esque sound in ‘Feel For You.’