I feel like I start an exasperatingly large proportion of these posts indicating that I’ve been a fan of said artist for forever, which is totally obnoxious of me, I do apologize. That being said, I have actually been a fan of Sky Ferreira since her excellent Bloodshy & Avant produced debut One, and it has been a total rollercoaster from that point until now, which I’m sure you’re aware of if you have the internet and have read Pitchfork at any point over the past 4 or 5 years. Anyway, the endgame of this particular jumble of sentences is that I feel weirdly proud of Sky for managing to even get an album out at all, amidst all the elements conspiring against her, let alone an album so incredible.
Night Time, My Time is that rare beast, the album that manages to please (virtually) everyone – Sky’s old pop fanbase and the more alternative crowd she’s been courting of late. And amidst this glimmering jewel of an album, I Blame Myself not only holds it’s own, but shines amongst the brightest. The song is mostly fueled by a sense of angst, but don’t let that deceive you – it never feels indulgent or bratty, in fact quite the opposite. For a time, at least, Sky was known more for being a ‘model’ or a ‘socialite’, more interested in the celebrity than the music, not an artist to be taken seriously – the song feels like a mature statement of defiance, accepting and owning her past decisions and saying a colossal fuck you to those who doubted her. It’s specific and self-referential enough to hold meaning to those like myself who’ve followed Sky’s tale, anthemic and relateable enough to appeal to a wider base, it’s remarkable.
As ever with Sky, with success of any kind controversy follows. Some have banded about the word ‘racist’, suggesting that she uses the African-American back up dancers as “props”, much like her tour-mate Miley Cyrus was accused of last year. (Sidebar: Miley, Sky & Icona Pop? This sounds PHENOMENAL.) Sky, as ever, answered comprehensively and eloquently, I’m pretty happy to take her word. If you get a chance, the video is well worth a watch, although frustratingly you can only do that at the moment over here on the Ssense website.
In a way, it sums Sky up as an artist perfectly. It’s personal, dark and engaging, whilst at the same time literally functioning as a glorified advert for SSense. Commercial sensibilities mixed with a more alternative attitude, controversy, GREAT music, Sky looking badass, what more could you ask for?