Just a few days after Valentine’s Day, Natasha Khan dropped “I Do”, her first solo Bat for Lashes song since 2012’s The Haunted Man. The harp-based track came with a video showing a “Save the Date” invitation suggesting we keep our calendars clear for July 1st, 2016. Turns out that’s the release date for Khan’s new Bat for Lashes album, The Bride. That’s the artwork above.
The forthcoming LP, which will presumably include “I Do”, was produced by Khan as well as longtime collaborators Ben Christophers and Dan Carey, Simon Felice, and Head. As Pitchfork notes, the album was inspired by Khan’s short film I Do, which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. Khan, as Bat for Lashes, teamed up with TOY to cover a song called “The Bride” back in 2013, but it doesn’t appear the two are related.
“The Bride follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding,” a press release describes. “The Bride flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration.” The LP will be accompanied by a piece of text further illustrating this story; its first chapter can be read below.
Additionally, Khan has unveiled a new song called “In God’s House”. It’s a gorgeous, glittering number with shadowy undertones, and can also be found below.
Khan is scheduled to perform The Bride in full at various churches in the US and UK. Keeping up with the nuptial theme, the singer suggests concertgoers come dressed in wedding attire.
Bat for Lashes 2016 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
05/13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Cathedral
05/14 – Brighton, UK @ St. Georges
05/16 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
06/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Ann’s