Few artists give us chills the way Natasha Khan does, so the release of a new Bat For Lashes video is a bloody big deal here at Track Record HQ. “Laura,” the lead single for Khan’s upcoming third album, The Haunted Man, is a comparatively stripped down piano ballad, enhanced by warm brass and the singer’s rich, earthy voice. Who is Laura? The aged drag queen in the video? Maybe. Another aspect of Khan’s persona, like Two Suns’s Pearl? Possibly. Another romantic heroine like “Prescilla” or “Sarah?” Could be.
Like this spare, contemplative song, The Haunted Man’s recently released cover image—a stark black and white nude shot by out photographer Ryan McGuinley—seems to indicate that Khan is moving away from the cold, controlled chaos of Two Suns on this album. We could be in for a quieter, lonelier Bat For Lashes.