Bat for Lashes & TOY - "The Bride"


The London label Speedy Underground is doing some exciting things - every other month, producer and mastermind Dan Carey follows a stringent manifesto of requirements to record and mix a song in a day and release it soon after on a 7". This month's offering is a cover of the Iranian psych musician Amir Rassaei's "Aroos Khanom," reimagined as "The Bride" by TOY and Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan. Apparently, English psych/funk band TOY and Carey had been listening to an Iranian compilation called Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generationwhilst working on some other material, and fell in love with the original "Aroos Khanom." They had the lyrics translated, and asked Khan to sing. The end product is amazing - Khan's vocals here are particularly sublime, and TOY's tight instrumentals easily translate the original's intensity. If you're intent on a physical copy, you can pick one up starting July 1, but act fast as they're only pressing 250. Check it out.