Bat For Lashes
Lost Girls (AWAL)
A decade removed from her signature hit “Daniel,” Natasha Khan’s latest album didn’t get the short of shine it warranted. Perhaps the switch from Parlophone to an independent route kept it too closely guarded by her fans, or maybe in 2019 the exquisite record’s earnest synthpop felt somewhat out of step with the times. But Bat For Lashes has never been about trend hopping, and the concise and evocative Lost Girls showcases a songwriter unapologetic about her throwback influences while simultaneously maturing in her craft. With input from studio cohort Charles Scott IV, “The Hunger” trembles like Peter Gabriel’s mid-80s mini epics and “Feel For You” shimmies like Factory Records’ Danceteria-indebted singles of the period.