Listen: Bat for Lashes’ new single “Skin Song”


Recently, several medical experts, including pathologists, neurologists, stem cell researchers, and hospital surgeons, joined forces with a group of UK artists to record an album. Using the experts’ wealth of knowledge and the human body as a source of inspiration, acts like Ghostpoet and drum and bass icon Goldie were able to understand “why a chosen organ works and fails” and then create songs “that build on this and their own emotional history and feelings.” The resulting album, entitled Body of Songs, is due out sometime in 2015.

As our first taste, the collective has unveiled the contribution from Bat for Lashes songstress Natasha Khan. On one level, Khan’s “Skin Song” is a kind of amateur science lesson on our body’s largest organ, seductively whispering about nerves and hairs over low, rumbling bass and atmospheric synths. More than being the most sensuous science lesson I’ve ever encountered, the whole affair mimics the sensation of touch, as if each of Khan’s beguiling notes is a tiny little finger she coyly brushes against our epidermis.

Listen in below:

For more sounds from Body of Songs, check out a few teaser tracks here. Below, watch the project’s trailer:

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