September 21, 2008
The Lady in question...
It's all about the Lady... but not the one you think. My weekend began with me feeling "meh" about this artist and ended with that ecstacy you feel when you discover a new artist whose debut album fucking nails it. She is
Adem is right that her debut album is stunning and, coincidentally, very much in keeping with the LA pop I mentioned in my last (Jane Wiedlin) post.
A few fast facts:
1. Hello kiwi. She is from New Zealand, home of the Finn brothers (Split Enz, Crowded House), etc.
2. She has Asperger's Syndrome, a mild variant on autism. This shows how Asperger's can be transcended. I think there are actually a lot of famous / brilliant people with it. Ladyhawke dicusses it in The Guardian.
3. She cites people like Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, The Cars, Van Halen, and Blondie as favorites. She's also influenced by "video games, childhood memories, nostalgia, pining, lonliness, and depression." AND she is a cat lady! I count 3 of them on her album cover, but I bet there are more.
4. The name comes from the 1985 fantasy film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Mr. Matthew Jessica Parker.
5. Her two singles, Paris Is Burning (see it) and Dusk Till Dawn (see it) are not even close to the best choices for singles. Next up is better: My Delerium.
6. Her real name is Pip! (The Royal) We love girls named Pip. She seems to be very sweet, if you read her blog. Which is good, because I am worn out by women who call themselves "super bitches" (yes, that is a reference to another blond).
7. The artwork, all drawings, was done by her best friend Sarah Larnach.
8. Her haircut is just like early Stevie Nicks, when she first joined Fleetwood Mac.
9. She shares the same lexicon as Chartrigger, using the word rad.
10. Adem is right that when one of her songs starts to seem repetitive, it is pulled out by some other element, vocally or musically. His darlings Van She have remixed Back Of The Van into something totally beyond.
11. She has fans in Kylie Minogue, who Ladyhawke would love to work with and Courtney Love, who scares her!
12. You can hear many of the new songs at her myspazz, including my favorites Better Than Sunday, and the Benatar-esque Love Don't Live Here. My favorite so far is the surging Another Runaway. The rad (!) blog Cream Team pairs that one with Van Halen's Jump.
The album is release in most of the world on September 22, with a big EP release in the US on October 14. If you really can't wait to hear tracks, see below or try Hype Machine.
Ladyhawke Album Megamix via Anthem Mag.