Ladyhawke Live In Studio

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Our studio was lucky enough to welcome Ladyhawke in the studio. New Zealand singer songwriter Pip Brown came in with a five-piece band and a whole slue of instruments. All of them looked eager to share what they had to offer. After two years of touring the debut album Ladyhawke, the band was just so looking forward to switching it up with some tracks from their newest, Anxiety.

For listeners who are new to Ladyhawke, the band is named from inspiration of the 1985 movie after the same name and sports a electronic pop sound that I’m sure could remind you of something that people jammed to before they walked into the movie theater in 1985. Ladyhawke makes for quite the dance-inducing commodity.

It is a little ironic how such hard-hitting electronic instrumentals and guitar riffs match up with such soft vocals, but when it melds together it seems to make sense. “My Blue Eyes”, a newer song, was our studio’s introduction to this concept. Brown soared through with her soft quiet words as the synth bopped back and forth. It’s beautiful how to sides of the spectrum blend together for these electronic hooks.

Ladyhawke then moved onto another song off of Anxiety, “Sunday Drive” with the hook, “Waiting for the rain to behave so you come around. Take me on a Sunday Drive”. Brown stood tall, but her timid soft vocals reflected the wonder and free flowing nature of her lyrics.

One major plot twist with Ladyhawke is the usage of guitars in Anxiety. It is still heavily electronic driven, but Brown explained simply, “I really like guitars, so I figured, why not play a little more guitar on this album.”

Brown also talked a little about her musical inspiration when it came for writing down some new material for the record. She cited some heavier rock such as Nirvana to be not only a driving force in the guitar pieces, but also for a little piece of the darkness in the lyrics.

“We were in a much darker place on this album,” Brown confessed. “After two straight years of touring, it just gets hard.”

Brown looked back down to the microphone and then anxiously took a quick inhale. With that, Ladyhawke left us on a brighter note with their older fan favorite, “Magic”. It’s fortunate that listeners have the chance to hear the new album against this old single because it makes for an interesting transition. “Magic” has this mystical quality with its pops of falsetto-backup sounds and more clear cut vocals. As pop has moved more towards this electronic edge, it is refreshing to hear musicians who can really switch the genre.

By Lauren Moquin
Photo by Jamie Loftus

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