Sky Ferreira Goes Downhill into a Lullaby

Sky Ferreira Goes Downhill into a Lullaby

The noir-tinged track is the singer-songwriter’s first original release in six years.

The noir-tinged track is the singer-songwriter’s first original release in six years.

Text: Emma Li

This morning, V78 cover star Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” was officially released as her first new original song in six years. The track is part of her anticipated second studio album Masochism, which was first announced in the spring of 2015.

On Twitter, Ferreira had hinted at the song’s “v agro bittersweet symphony.” Ferreria’s vision for “Downhill Lullaby” started with a view of water in darkness, and her fear of lakes developed into the eeriness embedded throughout the song. Specifically, she said the track wouldn’t be a pop song, and wanted to mark her musical return with something different. Although many people have taken Ferreira’s comment that the track interpolates The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” seriously, she has personally made a statement that the track is completely original. The chamber-pop piece emphasizes melody and texture, making use of the intricate strings played by Danish violinist Nils Gröndahl. Gröndahl’s handling of the violin is reminiscent of how a guitar is played: distorted chords and a rock sound intrigue the musician.

While Masochism laid buried, Ferreira made her appearance as an actress in the new season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. This involvement may be responsible for "Downhill Lullaby"’s noir atmosphere. In fact, music director of Twin Peaks: The Return Dean Hurley co-produced the song with Ferreira.

Lynch as a source of inspiration for Ferreira is undeniable. When she first discovered the director’s work, Ferreira believed she had finally found a person who saw the world through her perspective. Lynch’s influence is even seen in her 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time, which had an ending built around a line from a character in “Twin Peaks.” Night Time, My Time was overshadowed at its time of release, and Ferreira had announced her frustration on social media about record label EMI delaying the album for years.

In 2015, Ferreira had confirmed her second LP and was teasing a lead single titled “Guardian”. Although it was previously performed live at a few shows on the west coast, the full record was never released. A couple years later, Ferreira continued to build her acting career by making an appearance as a supporting actress in Edgar Wright’s 2017 film Baby Driver.

Although the official release date hasn’t been announced, Masochism is anticipated to drop later this year. Ferreira has promised it to be worth the wait, as she is determined to release songs that are executed the way she wants. The new album will contain pop, electro-pop, abstract, and orchestral elements all at the same time. In the meantime, we can look forward to Ferreira’s second song currently titled “Don’t Forget” that will be released in the near future to provide fans with nostalgic therapy.

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