Sexwitch

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Sexwitch
GenresKrautrock, psychedelic folk
Years active2015 (2015)
Associated actsToy, Bat for Lashes
MembersNatasha Khan
Tom Dougall
Dominic O'Dair
Maxim Barron
Charlie Salvidge
Alejandra Diez
Dan Carey

Sexwitch is a musical collaboration between the English rock band Toy and Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes).[1] Their self-titled album was released on 25 September 2015, and consists of six cover versions of 1970s' psych and folk songs from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the United States.[2]

Recording[edit]

Khan and Toy had previously collaborated in 2013 to cover "The Bride", a pre-revolution Iranian song.[3] For Sexwitch, Khan and producer Dan Carey bought several "old weird psych records from different countries, strange folk mountain songs", and invited Toy to record cover versions of the songs. The band learned the songs and recorded them in a single take in one day.[2]

Release[edit]

On 24 August 2015, Sexwitch released a single, "Helelyos", online. Rolling Stone described it as a "hypnotic, Middle Eastern-infused groove".[4] The Guardian said Sexwitch comprised "hypnotic, groove-based tracks that feature jagged post-punk guitars" and "shrieking crescendos".[5]

Sexwitch played their festival debut at Green Man in 2015.[6]

Sexwitch track list[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Ha Howa Ha Howa"6:55
2."Helelyos"4:43
3."Kassidat El Hakka"7:54
4."Lam Plearn Kiew Bao"3:57
5."Ghoroobaa Ghashangan"4:42
6."War In Peace"4:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Helman (22 August 2015). "Watch Bat For Lashes & TOY Debut New Project Sexwitch At Green Man Festival". Stereogum. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jazz Monroe and Laura Snapes (24 August 2015). "Bat for Lashes Discusses Debut Sexwitch Album, Shares "Helelyos"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ Evan Minsker (10 June 2013). "Listen: Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan and TOY: "The Bride"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ Daniel Kreps (24 August 2015). "Hear First Song From Bat for Lashes' New Psych Side Project Sexwitch". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "SEXWITCH – SEXWITCH: Exclusive album stream". The Guardian. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  6. ^ Laura Snapes (22 August 2015). "Report: Bat for Lashes Debuts Sexwitch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 November 2016.