Laura is Bat For Lashes tear-jerking mini masterpiece. Warm minimalist piano chords, deeply sad sounding strings and a melancholy brass backing create an atmosphere of stillness and glamour that is equal parts light and shade. “You’re the train that crashed my heart, you’re the glitter in the dark, Laura you’re more than a superstar.” Natasha sings, her vocals dripping with soft tantalising beauty. This is a song that deserves to be played over and over again; utterly compelling and finely honed Laura takes Natasha Khan’s songwriting ability way above anything she’s done before.
Laura is the first track to be released from the third Bat For Lashes album The Haunted Man which is already causing a bit of a storm amongst certain quarters because the cover art is a picture of Natasha de-robed with a similarly naked skinny man draped over her shoulders (above). We assume when she tours later this year she’ll put some clothes on, but if not we’ll report back as we'll be catching her at both Bestival and at one of her UK concerts.
Bat For Lashes - Laura