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Ladyhawke - Album Review: Wild Things

05 Jun 2016 // A review by camy3rs

Pip Brown is the kind of musical artist I forever wish that the world had more of, - intuitive, intentional and innovative. Everytime a new Ladyhawke album is released, the incremental advances towards an even more polished, cohesive and  genre defying sound are obvious.

The opening single of her newest release Wild Things, Love Song has been on radio rotation for a while and gives an almost self-deprecating, meta feel to the well known cliches surrounding writing about love in general or even the  songwriter’s own love life experiences. There’s a hesitancy lyrically that nuances what is an extremely catchy, feel-good pop chorus.

The mixing is solid throughout the album, tight crisp drums and raucous, crunchy synth layered almost delicately over some pieces - it feels like the vocals are sitting a wee bit lower in the songs overall, but it works so well – adds a closeness to the sound, whilst not hindering lyric recognition. Listening throughout, there are reflective elements of a lot different, current artists and genres (Dance hall style beats and soaring Swedish pop hooks) but the album feels fresh and new.

The collection flows smoothly through all eleven songs  - Golden Girl is my personal standout – catchy and upbeat with a chorus that resorts back to a really great, understated guitar riff and a refrain reminiscent of Swedish pop trio NO NO NO. 

 

About Ladyhawke

Having cut her teeth playing in Wellington band Two Lane Black Top, and Sydney act Teenager, Pip Brown’s incredible knack for a catchy pop hook coupled with an 80's rock chic ambiance was quickly noticed when she began releasing tracks online as Ladyhawke in 2008. She was signed to a major label, moved to the UK, and her eponymous solo debut album made her hot property across the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

She toured relentlessly, and picked up multiple NZ Music Awards, ARIAs, and nominations for Brit Awards, MTV Awards, and NME Awards. Pip’s songwriting connected because it managed to be both aspirational and relatable. She seemed effortlessly cool and distinctive but also just like a best mate, and while her music and art beautifully conjure a bold and fantastical world, they also capture her genuine, personable nature.

The darker, more guitar-based record Anxiety followed in 2012, before the bright and breezy pop of Wild Things arrived in 2016 – each album a kind of reaction to the one that came before.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ladyhawke

Releases

Time Flies
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Wild Things
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Anxiety
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Ladyhawke Collectors Edition
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Ladyhawke
Year: 2008
Type: Album
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