At this stage we’ve already heard a considerable amount of Bat For Lashes’ forthcoming LP The Haunted Man — including singles ‘Laura‘ and ‘All Your Gold‘, as well as ‘Marilyn‘, ‘A Wall‘, ‘Oh Yeah‘ and ‘Winter Fields‘ — but now you can stream the entire thing. On first listen, there is nothing quite as soaring as Two Suns standout ‘Daniel’ or catchy as her breakout 2007 single ‘What’s a Girl to Do?’, but rather this album finds Natasha Khan heading in a more minimal and intimate direction as evidenced by the gorgeous and tragic piano-driven ballad ‘Laura’ (the album highlight at this point). Elsewhere Khan experiments with worldly beats and whirring electronics on the likes of ‘Marilyn’ and the Yeasayer-esque ‘Oh Yeah’, and heads in a dream-pop direction with the dramatic ‘Marilyn’ and the Date Sitek-assisted opener ‘Lillies’. While I don’t think The Haunted Man is quite on par with the majesty of Two Suns, there’s also no weak tracks to be found on this impressive self-produced third album, and I find her willingness to chart new sonic territory here admirable. It wont be long until the enormously talented Khan will cease to be compared to influences such as Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux and Björk and instead be considered a worthy contemporary, and I’m looking forward to hearing some of these new tracks live at the upcoming 2013 Laneway festival.
The Haunted Man is out October 23. Stream it below (via NPR).