Bat For Lashes – In God’s House (Video)

Rejoice: everybody’s favourite enchantress Bat For Lashes is finally back. But tremble: she’s back as a grieving bride. Natasha Khan‘s fourth album, “The Bride”, follows the solitary honeymoon of a woman whose fiancé has died on his way to their wedding. The gorgeous, thundering first single “In God’s House” is the starting point of this story of love and loss.

She’s waiting for her beloved, not a rare occurence for a character moving inside the wild, green, surreal world Natasha has built around herself. This time though, the wait fades into horror. “In God’s House” finds our bride at the fateful moment of the tragic news: her Joe has been killed in a car crash while he was on his way to the church. The music is aptly ominous, inhabitated by ghosts, driven by sombre synths that sound like bad signs and threatening mysteries, but it opens up wonderfully when the chorus kicks in, loosening itself in a sweet melody. It’s a cycle, a circular sequence of alarm, unease and strange quiet. On top of it all, Natasha’s voice fimly in the high register resonates wondrous, angelic and visceral. With its vivid images, the cinematic scope, the sense for pop and the sense for the uncanny, the song has all there is to love about this enchanting woman’s work. A true banging comeback. We missed you, Natasha!

The video for “In God’s House” was conceived by Khan herself, who directed it with John De Menil. Set in a desolate prairie dyed purple by the sunset, a little Lynchian, a little Malick‘s “Badlands“, it stars an emoting Natasha and an old car lit from within.

“The Bride” is out July 1st via Parlophone. Produced by Natasha herself, it features usual collaborators Dan Carey and Ben Cristophers, Simone Felice and Head. Check cover, tracklist and opening track, the lovely bridal ditty “I Do”, below.

1. I Do
2. Joe’s Dream
3. In God’s House
4. Honeymooning Alone
5. Sunday Love
6. Never Forgive the Angels
7. Close Encounters
8. Widow’s Peak
9. Land’s End
10. If I Knew
11. I Will Love Again
12. In Your Bed
13. Clouds

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