Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time
Twenty-one year old singer-musician, and model-actress, Sky Ferreira released her album, Night Time, My Time, on Nov. 1st to a very expectant group of critics and fans who have long anticipated this release after all of the hiccups in producing and releasing the Indie-Pop artist’s album on Capitol Record Label.
Recording over 400 tracks in the making of the album, Ferreira discussed her label issues and obstacles in producing Night Time, My Time in her interview with music critic Larry Fitzmaurice.
“I was told it was never going to happen because I couldn’t meet their standards, but their standards are just terrible,” Ferreira said. “That was the entire fight: I wasn’t going to be what they wanted to be because I couldn’t do what they wanted me to do.”
Critically noted by Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pitchfork.com for her groundbreaking transitions between Pop and Indie music; Ferreira’s album masterfully incorporates 1980s pop and 90s heavy metal, her most prevalent influences, into the Night Time, My Time album.
Stacey Anderson of the Rolling Stone refers to the album as, “The soundtrack for the Breakfast Club remake playing in her head.”
Major hits off the album incorporates a mix of mild-tempo songs and down-tempo songs, including “Nobody Asked Me (If I was okay)” and “24 Hours” which very much borderlines electro-pop music styles, as well as Indie rock. Written last year, both tracks also examine themes of neglect, and self-hatred.
“I was in a different headspace when I wrote those songs,” Ferreira said in her interview with Pitchfork.com. “I had been dating someone for three years, since I was seventeen, and that person guarded me from everything. I never went out or did anything at all. I modeled, I wrote songs, and then I went home and watched TV. I didn’t have a chance to discover myself. I wasn’t really living.”
“I Blame Myself” might be a testament to Ferreira’s success beyond music. The song may refer to the singer’s expectations as a model and fashion icon in the luxury-industry and fashion world, as the lyrics read, “How could you know what it feels like to fight the hounds of hell? You think you know me so well.”
As for Ferreira’s vocal performance on the album, it is keyed and toned to relay a vulnerable reality and the emotional unction of her lyrics. The singer’s voice contains a sense of misunderstanding, hurt, and pain.
Although, Night Time, My Time is the Pop singer’s debut album, Ferreira developed a strong international following among youth and music critics in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States, with her second EP, Ghost, following the single “Everything is Embarrassing” named one of the best songs of 2012, by New York Magazine, SPIN, and Pitchfork.com.
The album, as well as Ferreira’s entire image as an artist, revolves around a sense of ill-fated relationships and melancholy life while still living for oneself as recognized in songs, “Boys,” “You’re Not the One,” and “Heavy Metal Heart”.
Following her and her boyfriends arrest in September, Sky Ferreira confronted the media and especially social media in their opinions on her public image in an interview with Billboard Magazine’s Reggie Ugwu.
“I know for a fact I’m not a drug addict. That’s all I really have to say about it. I know I’m not a drug addict. I’m sorry if it hurt anyone and I’m not trying to promote drugs and it’s not like an image thing whatsoever.” Ferreira said. “But people have always said I’m a drug addict because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way.”
Despite Ferreira’s icy tone throughout every song, and somewhat of a repetitive style of composition throughout the 12-track album, it must be agreed that Night Time, My Time truly is one of the best works of pop-rock this year, cohesive and unconventional.
While some of the album’s tracks contain optimistic themes, most of her songwriting is abrasive. The album’s intimate yet aggressive and gripping lyricism and its innovative production can be attributed the 21-year old artist and her devotion to her work and musicianship, which ultimately causes strife between her and her record label.
Ferreira, who signed with Parlophone Records in 2009 notes in an interview with Pitchfork.com, Night Time, My Time was 4 years in the making, since she originally signed with the label; it took 4 years and a changing of labels to Capitol Records to actually produce and finish, Night Time, My Time.
Since its release on November 4th, the album put Ferreira at the forefront of her music and the center of female pop.
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