Growing, Still, Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins.

Growing, Still, Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins.

The sound of world war breaking out in 21st century Britain is one few, if any of us will likely wish to hear, although were intercontinental conflict to become an ineluctable inevitability, fewer still would be better primed to soundtrack the trauma than the below duo. Having seemingly deviated somewhat from the chiropteran pseudonym in the morose wake of her latest Bat for Lashes full-length effort, The Haunted ManNatasha Khan here combines with producer du jour Jon Hopkins for a sullen, if still temperately uplifting stab at martial oppression, verdantly entitled Garden’s Heart.

A necessarily far cry from the likes of Horse & I, Khan may do nothing to disassociate herself from abiding Kate Bush association, Hopkins’ thoroughly pulsating production and iron-fisted instrumentation even accentuating the patent influence in order that it recall the darker parts of Hounds of Love. Though nor does she do herself even the slightest disservice in doing so, her increasingly operatic timbre and lyrics telling of snow-laden skies, susurrous trees and the irreversible effectuating of international policy lending the song a sense both of latent grandiosity, and indeed flagrant grief. And the result is nigh on frighteningly, if fittingly dramatic…

Garden’s Heart is slated for an October 7th release via Parlophone.

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