Garbage’s Shirley Manson Working With Sky Ferreira

Becky Bain | May 10, 2012 1:35 pm

“I’m going through a reinvention phase, where I’m trying to figure out where it is I want to go next,” the continuously disappearing-reappearing pop star Sky Ferreira told Rolling Stone in August 2011. Though her first few singles were definitely dance-pop, the 19-year-old singer has been hoping to mature and expand her sound by working with producers Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine) and Jon Brion (Fiona Apple). The collaboration that has piqued our interests the most, however, is Sky teaming up with Sky Garbage‘s Shirley Manson for a track on her debut album, Wild At Heart.

“She’s got a beautiful voice, Sky,” Manson tells Popjustice in a recent interview. “She’s smart. She really is. I think she’s something else, actually. Greg Kurstin and I wrote [a] song together for her, and it’s so cool to try and help someone amazing like that along.”

“She’s like my little sister,” Shirley adds, when asked if she sees a little bit of herself in Sky. “And I do feel a certain kind of kinship with her in that regard.

Manson and Ferreira were first introduced when the Garbage frontwoman reached out to give her support to the singer, whose career has had several starts and stops the last few years. “I do feel protective towards her because she’s something special and I don’t want her to be chewed up in the whole major label system that can destroy a career before it’s even begun,” says the singer.

She continues: “I knew she was having some problems because the music community is tight, and people talk. And someone had asked me to call her… to give her some sort of support, you know? And we just got talking and we hit it off. She comes from my world, you know? I really relate to who she is and I just think she’s got a lot of potential to be a great pop star.”

It’s true that Sky’s buzz in the pop scene has been waning recently, so we hope these interesting collaborations and the 180-switch in her sound work out for her. If Shirley Manson is in your corner, that has to be a good sign of things to come, right?

Read the full interview over at Popjustice.