Night Time, My Time
Most reviews of Sky Ferreira's oft-delayed debut album, "Night Time, My Time," so far have spent a large portion discussing her many album pushbacks, feuds with labels, drug busts, modeling career, and everything else going on her life for the last five years. But in the end, all of these things are irrelevant. Ferreira's album isn't so without edge or bite that we need all of the background. The music may be informed by her experiences so far, but they easily transcend them all.
I will comment on the surprising overall sound of the album. Her previous singles and EPs have been a hodgepodge of pure pop, dance, and, more recently, an atmospheric drone not unlike some of the excellent work put out by Solange Knowles. On this album, however, she has adopted a lo-fi, crashing and smashing rock sound for the majority of the tracks. But fear not, Ferreira's pop sensibility keeps the music accessible and down right danceable.
In fact, the entire collection is extremely listenable. The hooks are instant, the emotions are genuine, and the production is layered and interesting. Ferreira is in turns adoring ("There's no tomorrow with you!" on "24 Hours") and biting ("I won't even bother to fight, I know you're not the one" on "Not The One,") but she never disingenuous. There is a sincerity to her music that serves to inform the listener that she is no music label messenger. This music is about her and for her, and we are just lucky that it comes in such a strong package.
For me, the highlights remain the more hook-laden tracks. She gets weird and distorted on tracks like "Omanko" and "Kristine," but there is surprisingly more punch on the poppier offerings. "I Will," "Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)," and "24 Hours" may be the ones to get you dancing but they are also the easiest to connect with. Ferreira pulls her influences from such a diverse group of sounds with a unique modern twist, that she almost instantly feels like a familiar pop star. She possesses sexuality of early 80's Madonna, the rage of Courtney Love, but with a more sensible Joan Jett approach.
"Night Time, My Time" is not only a strong debut from a promising pop star, it is also outside of the electronic landscape that surrounds it. Guitar heavy and rageful, Ferreira has managed to sound current and on trend all the while setting herself apart, which is increasingly important with the amount of female pop heavyweights putting on music right now. If you want an A+ pop album to serve as a breather from Miley's twerking or GaGa's onslaught, then look no further than Sky Ferreira.
"Night Time, My Time"
Digital Release Only
by Sky Ferreira.