Finally! Sky Ferreira Returns With Sweeping & Haunting “Downhill Lullaby”
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly claimed “Downhill Lullaby” sampled The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” It has been updated and now includes a clarifying tweet from Sky.
The time has finally come! Today (March 27) Sky Ferreira launched her latest era (Fun Fact: her sophomore album is still called Masochism) with the release of her new single “Downhill Lullaby.” After a series of seemingly endless delays and setbacks, the haunting new song exceeds even the loftiest of expectations. It also pushes the 26-year-old in a darker direction. “The first song isn’t a pop song… because I really want to make a video for it (& I love it),” she teased on Twitter earlier this month. She shared even more information about the release in an interview with Pitchfork. Inspired by her fear of lakes, she explained her goal was to capture the uncomfortable experience of drifting in murky water.
“In a lake, by yourself, you look at the bottom and it’s murky and still and you can’t really see anything or feel anything—and if you do, it’s fucking terrifying. It always feels like something will grab you and pull you under,” she explained. Over a production courtesy of herself and Dean Hurley with co-production from Jorge Elbrecht, the lyrics are exceptionally striking. “You leave me open when you hit me. No one can hear me, then you hurt me,” she sings over the moody production. It will be interesting to see what the hitmaker has in store for the official video. I’m also dying to know how “Downhill Lullaby” fits in with the sonics off the rest of the album.
According to a press release, the LP drops later this year. So hopefully we won’t need to wait too long to see what else is in store. In the meantime, press play on its lead single below.
It doesn’t sample The Verve. It is totally unrelated and doesn’t have the same chords. Please correct that because I spent days recording it and writing the string parts with someone. It was a joke I made on Twitter two weeks ago.
— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) March 27, 2019