Natasha Khan gets back to Bat For Lashes for the project’s fifth album, and it’s vintage-tinted synth-pop baby! Lost Girls positions itself as a soundtrack to an imaginary 80’s teen movie, and it certainly fits that bill, with all the tropes and details in just the right place. Lost Girls is released by Bat For Lashes Records.
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In the wake of the success of ‘Stranger Things’, ‘IT’, and other shows trading on, as James Murphy put it, “nostalgia for the unremembered 80s”, it was only a matter of time before someone made an album like ‘Lost Girls’. What Bat For Lashes (real name Natasha Khan) has done here, is write a soundtrack to an imagined coming of age film featuring bikes and magic. And though I’m not wholly sold on how well that concept shines through, there’s no denying that musically, Khan has done a brilliant job.
The album is mostly made of big 80s synth ballads, all grounded with Khan’s impossibly heavy bass playing. I cannot stress enough how wonderful the bass sounds on these tracks, it’s the sort of bass that you want to sit inside of. The album opens with ‘Kids In The Dark’ and ‘The Hunger’, two slow burning epics that feel like they could be forgotten 80s hits. The closer too, ‘Mountains’ sees Khan ascending from a gentle piano ballad to a euphoric peak with the help of some insistent electronics and her soaring vocals.
An album full of songs just like these would be overwhelming, and gratefully, Khan has included some that feel like interludes. Indeed these tend to be the album’s funnest songs: ‘Jasmine’ features wonderful interplay between its bass and drums and ‘Vampires’ has a stonking great sax solo in it. Khan strikes a perfect balance on ‘Lost Girls’, and has made an album that is unmissable for any fans of 80s pop music.
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