After dropping a few singles and EPs over the past three years, indie pop singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira finally released her debut album “Night Time, My Time” on Tuesday. Ferreira has been to record label hell and back and she channels that struggle and frustration into a solid 12-track LP. Melding ’80s-inspired pop with a rock edge, Sky airs her industry grievances while still delivering anthemic tunes and entrancing love songs. It was a long wait to get to this point but she makes it all worthwhile with her honest and bold debut.
The album’s best is “I Will,” a rollicking synth-rock track on which Ferreira unleashes her angst. She takes on those in the industry who tried to change her image in a very captivating performance. “When it’s with me you’re messing / I’m gonna teach you a lesson / I will,” she sings with a fiery determination. Her struggles culminate to a beautiful moment of empowerment on the album.
Ferreira unloads more of her frustration on a bulk of “Night Time, My Time” (and rightfully does so). Tinkling pop track “I Blame Myself” is surprisingly sweet on the ears as Sky reflects on the manipulation she faced. “How can you know what it feels like to fight the hounds of hell? / You think you know me so well,” she declares. On “Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay),” Ferreira channels early Liz Phair with her monotone and pained performance. Amidst garage rock production, she shouts the track’s title repeatedly like a cry for help. The frenetic and spacey tune “Ain’t Your Right” is another fierce Ferreira standout.
Her debut album also includes some heartfelt love songs. Ferreira captures the gleaming yet somber quality of the soundtracks in John Hughes’ classic ’80s films and she bests encompasses this on “24 Hours.” An alarm clock ushers in dreamy synthesizers as her voice soars on the massive chorus, singing, “In 24 hours, we’d still have time / For 24 hours, you’re still my mine.” “Love In Stereo” is another synth-pop gem where Ferreira recounts falling in love with a guy who may not have the right intentions.
Heartbreak is a presence on the album as well and Sky lets that be known loud and clear on “You’re Not the One,” a new wave tune with an industrial kick. She longs for love in all the wrong places, which leads her to a sad conclusion: “You’re not the one / Guess you’re not the one!” Ferreira experiments with darker sounds on tracks like the “Heavy Metal Heart,” where she rocks the hardest while calling out pop stars’ expectations to become record label robots. Veering onto stranger tides, the record’s title track is a brooding meditation on fame. “Go faster and faster,” she echoes until fading out.
With “Night Time, My Time,” Ferreira recorded the album she always wanted to make. Some expected another “Everything is Embarrassing” but Sky served up something completely different with this album. In the process, she took aim at the industry that tried to change her while finally relishing the moment in her own skin. The push and pull of Sky Ferreira’s tumultuous music career inspired one hell of a wildly self-assured debut. That’s for sure.
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