Reach for the Sky
Sky Ferreira conquers the Scala
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It was all about the music last night as GT headed over to London’s Scala venue to watch a rare performance by none other than reigning alt-pop queen and not-so-average girl next door, Sky Ferreira.
Although some of you may recognise her as the current face of fashion giant Forever 21, the American beauty also dabbles into the corresponding worlds of singing and song writing having already released two solid EPs in the form of ‘Ghost’ (2012) and ‘As If!’ (2011), as well as 2010’s ludicrously repetitive but equally amazing single ‘One’.Back promoting her new debut album ‘I Will’, which is set to drop this summer, it’s safe to say we were just a little bit bloody excited!
Opening the set with Lost in My Bedroom, which boasts a similar frothy, synth-driven production to the signature stylings of Robyn, Sky effortlessly transitioned from stage door to spotlight, exuding a humble yet surprisingly captivating presence throughout that made sure all eyes were on her – and they indeed were!
Over the course of the hour-long gig, Sky treated us to a handful of unreleased material, which demonstrated a more guitar-driven sound and a move away from her previous electro-pop heritage. Highlights included the high energy, angst-ridden double whammy of ‘I Will’ and ’24 Hours’, whilst the ever-gloomy ‘Sad Dream’ brought a welcomed change of pace and executed the singer’s vulnerable side with considerable eloquence (at one point even appearing to cry, though the excessive face covering made us a tad sceptical.) All part of the show, guys.
The favourite of the night came wrapped in a neatly wrought package labelled ‘You’re Not The One’, which was laden with catchy hooks and hummable melody that complimented Sky’s soaring vocal down to a tee. The 80s influenced sleeper-hit ‘Everything is Embarrassing’, which rose to internet fame in October of last year after being dubbed ‘Best New Track’ by Pitchfork Media, also went down a storm, closing the gig in a hurricane of noise.
From the get-go, it was fairly obvious Sky wasn’t just another run of the mill model turned pie fingerer who fancied a quick go at ‘the music biz.’ Whilst our only pet peeve was that she didn’t showcase much of her older material pre ‘Everything’ - even overlooking the gloriousness of ‘Red Lips’, for which we are still slumping our bottom lips - we can actually confirm that the women does have a genuine talent for this malarkey. Kudos.
Words Sam Baker