Single Review: Sky Ferreira – Downhill Lullaby


Sky Ferreira returns with new single after five years
Sky Ferreira first emerged in the pop scene around 2010 when she was hailed as the next big thing. After releasing a couple of EPs, it turned out that her recording career wasn’t going to be a smooth sailing one. She had to fight for her debut album to be released, which finally happened at the end of 2013. She has been teasing the follow up, which is supposed to be titled Masochism, for ages now. A few collaborations aside, the only new music we got from her in the meantime was her Commodores cover ‘Easy’, recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Baby Driver in which she played a supporting role as well. Now she is finally able to kick off a new era with the brand new track ‘Downhill Lullaby’.

We can happily report that ‘Downhill Lullaby’ was totally worth the wait! This is a delicious piece of moody, melancholic pop, dominated by strings and guitars. It is not at all radiofriendly or catchy on first listen, but that seductive melody in the chorus does lure you in and makes you want to hit the replay button. There is something hypnotizing about the swelling violins in contrast with the deep bass tones and her completely understated, almost mumbling vocal delivery. In terms of sound it somewhat resembles Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence album, but with an even darker vibe. Sky Ferreira is a fascinating pop star that we simply need to hear more from. Let us hope that ‘Downhill Lullaby’ is actually going to properly kick off this album campaign, because if this song is anything to go by, Masochism is going to be captivating.

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