Cover art for Batflowers by WashingtonThe bat flower is an exotic plant with flowers that mimic a bat in flight. To call Batflowers ‘long awaited’ is an understatement.

Coming six years after Washington’s second album, it was reportedly going to be a love album called Sugardoom, which was first talked about in 2017. Instead, Washington has delivered a darker set of songs.

“Black is the colour, heart of darkness,” she sings. “You show me just how dark your heart is.”

It’s one hell of a ride, with the chaotic Dark Parts, the hypnotic Switches and a couple of showstopping ballads – Catherine Wheel and Lazarus Drug. There are no obvious pop hits, but Batflowers is deep, dark and unpredictable. It’s the sound of Washington in full bloom.

Batflowers by Washington is out Friday August 28 via Island/Universal.

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