Since the release of her 2012 EP Ghost, Sky Ferreira has given us plenty to talk about — unfortunately, none of it was about her music. Between the drug arrests, canceled concerts, shuffled release dates and the partially nude Gaspar Noé-shot cover, the impression was shaping up that Ferreira, a model and actress as well as a singer/songwriter, was the latest in a long line of self-styled little-girls-lost.
Fortunately, Night Time, My Time changes the conversation. Previously content to play the role of the heartbreaker on electro-pop leaning Ghost (with the help of producer Dev Hynes of Blood Orange), this time she’s let her Courtney Love-style growl out to play. Ferreira adds grit to producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Louis Raisen’s radio-ready pop work, shrieking her way through the guitar-heavy, emotionally jittery “Heavy Metal Heart.” She dials it back for the hypnotic chants of “Omanko,” backed by a blissed-out white noise haze that brings to mind Shirley Manson stomping her way through a zen rock garden. We’re not given much insight into the singer as a person, save for the emotionally abject chorus of “Nobody Asked…” where, sounding like a woman on the edge, Ferreira wails, “Nobody asked me if I was OK.” (Is she OK?) But no worries, there’s plenty of time for her to establish a persona independent of the hype. For now, Ferreira has effectively proven that she can be anyone we need.