Sexwitch – “Helelyos”

Sexwitch – “Helelyos”

Over the weekend we learned that Natasha Khan’s mysterious game of hangman was not teasing a new Bat For Lashes album but an entirely new band called Sexwitch. The group, a collaboration between Khan, TOY, and Dan Carey, made their live debut with a loud, aggressive set Saturday at the Green Man Festival in Wales. Today they’ve announced details of their self-titled debut album, which is out a month from now. Lead single “Helelyos” is a dark-tinged Middle Eastern groove, its haunting melodies fleecing a propulsive bass and percussion groove. Khan’s vocal performance is breathy and understated, finally spinning into an unchained wail when she exclaims, “Our dark girls are setting fire to our souls!” Listen below.

Here’s the debut album’s tracklist, which comprises six covers of traditional songs with lyrics and music adapted by Khan:

01 “Ha Howa Ha Howa”
02 “Helelyos”
03 “Kassidat El Hakka”
04 “Lam Plearn Kiew Bao”
05 “Ghoroobaa Ghashangan”
06 “War In Peace”

Sexwitch is out 9/25 on The Echo Label Limited. Pre-order it here and get “Helelyos” instantly. Sexwitch plays London’s XOYO on 9/29; get tickets here.

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