Pop, punk, rock, grunge are all words to describe the 20 something, up and coming pop starlett, Sky Ferreira. She made headlines with her slow, and utterly depressing single “Everything is Embarrasing” earlier this year and after numerous test EPs and “made for radio” singles, Ferreira has put out her debut album “Night Time, My Time”. The album could be considered coming-of-age, but that’s not what she wants us to perceive. Maybe if she was 17 again, and this album was just being released that would be the case, but here it isn’t. Ferreira wants us to know, she’s here and she won’t be going anywhere. Teaming up with Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, she invites us into the vortex of her progression into adulthood.
The album opens with the pretentious and almost cliche song, “Boys”. The song is a hybrid between a fluff pop song, and a grunge-y rock number. What saves this song is the infectious chorus and Ferreira’s muted voice saying, “then I knew it was you all along” over a smooth beat that compliments her voice as a whole. “24 Hours” is a song that almost sounds identical to what you hear when through the first two tracks, but what differentiates it is Ferreira’s distinct ability to switch from mad and rebellious to a almost lost soul begging to make the most of 24 hours with her lover. It’s sweet, and it fits the dark, futuristic tone of the album. “Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)” is a track that refuses to be ignored. Through guitars and brash yelling, she proclaims and shouts the chorus over a riveting instrumental. “I Blame Myself” lets us have a glimpse into Ferreira’s persona and what makes her her. Employing a breezy synth and stunning production, her vocals dreamily blend in to the song, while she sings the chorus ” I just want you to realize I blame, I blame, I blame myself for my reputation.”
The lead single off the album, “You’re Not The One” opens with a intriguing guitar rift, and superb production while she boldly proclaims that the guy who screwed her over is not the one. The song is reminiscent of mid-1880s Madonna, sounding like a hybrid between Cyndi Lauper and Joan Jett. This song could easily be the best off the record. “Heavy Metal Heart” finds Ferreira stepping into new territory, with finely written lyrics and crashing guitar riffs, This song, again, carries the overall 80s tone of the album without being too redundant.
The mid- tempo “I Will” manages to give Ferreira her own stance, while being bold and brash at the same time. The album closes with the title track, “Night Time, My Time” which is creepy but at the same time, so interesting that you refuse to skip. The song takes you through a hazy nighttime odyssey that makes you feel like you just took ecstasy.
Overall, Night Time, My Time proves to be a solid and fine touched debut for Sky Ferreira. Not one song fails to impress, through the work of her producers and her natural talent, she was able to cultivate a cohesive and stylistic debut that is unforgettable.
Tracks to check out:
- I Blame Myself
- You’re Not The One
- Heavy Metal Heart
- I Will
- Night Time, My Time
Night Time, My Time is available on iTunes on October 29th, and all other outlets November 5th through Capitol records.