ARTIST Sky Ferreira
ALBUM Night Time, My Time
RELEASE DATE 29 October 2013
8.2 | 10
There Sky Ferreira stands, dripping wet and naked on the cover of her debut album, which finally arrives after a tumultuous journey, beginning when Ferreira was signed by Capitol at the age of 15 (she’s now 21). “The way I was before / I’m not her anymore,” she boasts during “Heavy Metal Heart,” and throughout Night Time, My Time, she does more than enough to make good on that proclamation.
2012’s Ghost EP was the first large step Ferreira made artistically, with her work with Dev Hynes on “Everything Is Embarrassing” becoming one of the best moments of the year. While that EP faltered in its lack of a singular vision, My Time is strictly a vehicle for Ferreira to explore where she’s been, and where she’s going.
The opening “Boys” features heavily distorted guitars and Ferreria’s vocals off in the distance, as she begins the song by dismissively singing, “Boys / They’re a dime a dozen / Boys / They ain’t doin’ nothin’ / For me any longer.” “And I’ve been getting stronger,” she sings, finishing her thought, and the muscular production, along with her biting lyrics, prove that she isn’t bullshitting.
Along with “Boys,” the other highlights are the poppier songs here. “24 Hours” is a mid-tempo ballad where Ferreira laments the fleeting nature of love while “Heavy Metal Heart” finds Ferreira embracing her own personal changes and coming out the other side stronger. The album’s biggest faults lie in the few times Ferreira goes outside of the sonic space she’s helped create, such as “I Blame Myself,” which honestly sounds like a Kelly Clarkson demo. And while “Omanko” is the furthest thing from a Kelly Clarkson demo, it’s the farthest Ferreira goes from a melody, and at over four and a half minutes, it certainly overstays its welcome.
A song I keep gravitating towards is “Love In Stereo,” the album’s penultimate track. There’s a certain 80s coolness to it with some modern production twists thrown in. Ferreira’s vocals are at their most innocent, as she cooly purrs, “Fell in love in stereo / And broke my heart in stereo.” There is no hint of animosity directed at her lover, just a nonchalant yet tuned in addressing of the facts. She may blame herself, but by the time Night Time, My Time comes to a close, there’s also a feeling that she’s starting to forgive herself.