The Best Tracks of 2019, #19

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19. Bat For Lashes, “Kids in the Dark”

Natasha Khan returned in an admirable way in 2019, releasing an album that felt like her best in a decade, which was led by “Kids in the Dark”, a song that plays to all of Khan’s musical strengths. She’s brilliant at creating dreamy, sparkly art pop, and “Kids in the Dark” borders on chillwave thanks to its cascading waves of synths and her typically understated singing style. It’s all neons and pastels as she sings about kids driving around on hot Los Angeles nights, carefree and falling in love. It’s a lyrical theme that demands an achingly pretty arrangement, and Khan nails it in typically classy fashion.