20 Oct 2015

Sexwitch by Sexwitch

From The Sampler, 7:30 pm on 20 October 2015

Jim Pinckey's spellbound by the mesmerising psychedelic covers of Sexwitch, the new collaboration between Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Toy.

Sexwitch album cover

Sexwitch is the rather ungainly name of the self titled album featuring Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan, alongside British  psychedelic krautrockers Toy, and producer Dan Carey. It’s a covers album featuring  half a dozen, what could be broadly described as ‘folk songs’ from the 60s and 70s, that span Iran, Moroocco and Thailand, as well as a solitary Western inclusion, and it might just be Khan’s most interesting project to date. The combination of talent and tunes is spectacular at times, and though 6 tracks is a stretch to call an album, it’s probably just about the right amount, considering the songs were learnt in a day and recorded the next, and there’s a fair bit of potentially grating, gratuitous wailing going on. Despite the jokey name, which falls flat but at least avoids being pretentious, Sexwitch is an exhilarating excursion that leaves you hoping for more. Photo: Sony Records

Songs played: Helelyos, War In Peace, Ghoroobaa Ghashangan, Ha Howa Ha Howa, Kassidat El Hakka, Plearn Kiew Bao

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