“I liked you better when you had no fangs,” lilts Londoner Grace Lightman without a shred of irony on her latest alt-pop effort. This sharp reproach juxtaposes a soft, ’60s style instrumentation on “Fangs,” a song that stands out amongst Lightman’s vernal catalogue of more sparing efforts.

Lightman got her start fronting the UK psych band The Hypnotic Eye. She then went on to launch her solo career in 2015, after a chance meeting with producer/collaborator Patrick James Pearson and realizing their mutual love of vintage sci-fi, Twin Peaks and sad songs.

At a crossroads of sorts on “Fangs,” Lightman employs her supernatural alter ego, the Silver Eater to examine what it means to be powerless to another human–or vulnerable in an adult relationship. The modern, mildly menacing vocal and foreboding lyricism contrast nicely with the swelling arrangement, replete with sumptuous synths and a funky rhythm section.

Produced by rising engineer Ben Baptie (who’s worked with notable artists such as SBTRKT, Låpsley and Lady Gaga), the piece is the A-side to her forthcoming Fangs b/w Halloween Is Over 7 inch.

Out on Handsome Dad Records on July 28, the vinyl version is available for pre-order here.