Hold the phone! Natasha Khan, aka former I'd Marry That Voice subject Bat for Lashes, is back. Dust off your finest speakers and subwoofer - and exclamation points for the inevitable jaw-dropping reaction - for 'Laura', the first snippet from her forthcoming new album The Haunted Man, shows a subtle but welcome shift in direction. Presenting Exhibit A, the video:
Majoring on piano, its stark simplicity strikes straight at the heart as Khan's ever-so-divine voice soars for the skies. A Bestival regular, she will return this year, hopefully debuting more new tracks from The Haunted Man - which possesses some delicious if not-quite-safe-for-work cover art - in the process.
'Laura' is available instantly as a digital download to anyone who pre-orders The Haunted Man.
The Haunted Man is released on October 15, 2012. Bat for Lashes play Bestival on September 9 and tour the UK this autumn, calling at Ironworks, Inverness (October 18), Picture House, Edinburgh (19), ABC, Glasgow (21), Manchester Cathedral, Manchester (22), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds (25), UEA, Norwich (26), Academy, Leicester (28), Kentish Town Forum, London (29), HMV Institute, Birmingham (November 1), Anson Rooms, Bristol (2), Pyramids, Portsmouth (3) and The Dome, Brighton (4).