The Kafkaesque metamorphis is completed with Blue Eyes, the latest single by New Zealand’s reining indie darling, Ladyhawke. Gone completely now are the 80s inspired synthesizer rifts from her brilliant self-titled debut, replaced with loud guitars and even louder guitar solos. It’s not that we don’t like the new direction, we do; we just miss and want our old Pip back. In the video, Pip takes a day trip into the land of the dead (or to be more precise; Oceano Dunes Park, Los Angeles), where she drinks something not so fresh which results in some serious tripping.
Ladyhawke gets kidnapped by her evil doppelganger and passes time singing and strumming her guitar in Sunday Drive, the second video taken from her upcoming sophomore studio album, Anxiety. The song continues the shift away from her synthpop roots and is a deliberate move in the direction of grungy pop. The gample may alienate current fans (she does attempt to reconnect with retro keyboard swirls, but this is a mere feeble bone), but may win over the indie-light crowd. You would think with all this talk we wouldn’t like it, but gosh darn it, we do. Pip is an amazing talent with an incredible knack for turning out a catchy melody (we just wish she stuck to the same template as her debut). We may also be a bit biased after learning the inspiration for the song came from the classic documentary, Grey Gardens. Rock on, girrrrrllll.
When we heard that Ladyhawke was going to make her video for Black White and Blue be inspired by the obscure camptastic horror film, Eyes of Laura Mars (starring the one and only, Faye Dunaway), it easily became one of the most eagerly anticipated videos of the year (at least to us). Well the video has finally arrived and we are happy to report that the aesthetic, if not necessarily the plot, is a fairly accurate re-representation. Although we understand director Tabitha Denholm‘s intent to strip out the more violent elements of the original, without the gore to setup the plot, it almost looks as if Ladyhawke is experiencing hallucinogenic side effects instead of seeing through the eyes of an actual serial killer out to kill her friends and colleagues in similar fashion to her violence-as-art themed fashion shoots. Technicalities aside, we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the video, gladly welcome the return of Ladyhawke and have included the original movie scene for comparison (for you purists out there). Extra bonus points for prominently featuring the “eyes” of the original theatrical poster in the video. We are also including the Punks Jump Up Remix that has just surfaced.
And here is the clip it is based on…
We recently posted Black, White & Blue, the new single by Ladyhawke that will appear on her sophomore album, Anxiety. Now comes a mix by The Big Pink, who gives the track a more psychedelic and tribal sound by stripping out the guitar hooks and adding reberb to the nth degree. We can only hope someone will create a synthpop mix (remixers, are you hearing us), who can turn the track back towards the sound of her debut.
The wait is finally over and we can breathe sigh of relief. It seemed the entire blogosphere was anticipating what Ladyhawke‘s new material would sound like. It had been nearly 4 years since she released her brilliant self-titled debut album and she had been quoted that she was abandoning the infectious synths for a more guitar rock-driven sound. We were terrified we wouldn’t love the new Ladyhawke like we loved the old. Well, she is back and although we could do without the guitar solos, there is still something irrestibly charming and catchy about first single, Black White & Blue. The single is being released February 20.
After a nearly 4 year hiatus, Ladyhawke is providing a glimse of what to expect from her new album, coming out March, 2012. Anxiety was recorded in New Zealand and the south of France this year by producer and long-time collaborator Pascal Gabriel. Pip describes describes the album as “…one big ball of anxiety”, which may be because her debut album was met with universal acclaim and earned her two ARIA Awards and will be hard to follow up. We were anxious too, since in recent interviews she admitted to abandoning her synthpop roots for a more rockier sound. There seems to be a bit of difference between the studio teaser and the live clip that surfaced, so the jury is still out meaning you will have to judge for yourself.
The big swooping synths of the chorus elevate this song to the electro-synth stratosphere from Australia’s The Scientists of Modern Music. Because If I Die has been on the bop2pop radar for awhile now (it was mixed by favorite, Ladyhawke), and we are excited a video has just been released, which seems inspired by the barely seen movie, The Invisible. Their debut album, A Personal Universe, is due out this year.
Update: The Scientists of Modern Music uses bop2pop's review for their website.
Pip Brown, a/k/a, Ladyhawke wets, but ultimately can’t quench our thirst by providing vocal treatment to this new track by Junica. Ladyhawke first burst onto the scene and became a bop2pop favorite with her self-titled debut album in 2008 that contained a pop confection of 80’s tinged hits such as My Delirium, Magic, Paris Is Burning and Back of the Van. We have been waiting impatiently ever since for a followup album that has been promised, but has not, as-of-yet, been delivered. Sadly, however, bop2pop thinks this may ultimately not be a good thing since Pip has stated in recent interviews that the new album with bring a change in sound and feature (gasp) guitars more prominently. Let’s hope she doesn’t suffer the sophomore slump. Only time will tell.