All hail our very own electric queen! Ladyhawke has returned and delivered Anxiety, her sophomore album. This album is simply an illustrious glitter bomb of synthetic indie pop.
We enter the album with 'Girl Like Me', a song which cruises into the electro-pop swag that is Ladyhawke. This album is heavily guitar driven which adds another dimension to the synthesised sound that has characterised this artist. 'Sunday Drive' the second single released from Anxiety, follows. Its an easy and smooth dance track, showcasing the effortless manner in which Ladyhawke has crafted this album. She never overdoes anything. This album is gorgeously pieced together, and the tracks all fit so well.
'Black, White and Blue' will be instantly recognised and was a great choice for a first single, as it is so addictive. A heavy bass line leads in 'Vaccine,' a grooving number that has that 80's synth-pop element manifested within it. 'Blue Eyes' captures the attention with a ripping drum beat, and is a song that will find you singing along in no time.
Other highlights on the album are the brooding beat of 'Quick and the Dead' and the slower-paced 'Cellophane' which is a beautiful lullaby-esque track. The harmonies in the title track 'Anxiety' are simply captivating.
This album is slightly darker and edgier than her debut. With a title like Anxiety one could expect a melancholic album of psycho-analytical proportions. But Ladyhawke waves her wand across the album and instead of it being some sort of self-indulgent confessional she has brilliantly produced a glittering work of spunky indie pop/rock. It is anything but leaden. It sparkles with freedom rather than being oppressive. This indicates the musical dexterity of Ladyhawke and how Anxiety, while being an outlet for her, is also an infectious and capitavity album listeners will not just like, but treasure.
She does not get wrapped up in herself or the acclaim she has garnered so far in her career, a rookie mistake often made by artists that are hyped up after their debut. In fact Ladyhawke has conquered the 'sophomore album flop' trap that artists often fall into. She skipped the typical identity crisis artists often go through. Anxiety is equally as good as her self-titled first album, and dare I say, it may even surpass it. Here is an artist that is going from strength to strength. She has stamped her electro-boot down and proclaimed that Ladyhawke is here to stay.
Originally from New Zealand and formally in Wellington band Two Lane Black Top, the story of Pip Brown, now UK resident, and the birth of Ladyhawke veers off on numerous tangents but her passion for music and her dogged pursuit of this are apparent throughout.