Watch + Listen: Ladyhawke Throws a Neon-Hued Party for New Single/Video ‘Mixed Emotions’
A lot has happened in the world of beloved New Zealand indie songstress Ladyhawke since she released her last album, Wild Things, in 2016. She – real name Phillipa Margaret “Pip” Brown – had the year previous married NZ actress/comedian Madeleine Sami, and then gave birth to their daughter in October of 2017.
But all was not as joyful as it might have been, as the singer suffered through severe post-natal depression, followed by a serious skin-cancer condition – though she decisively won both of those battles. And having lived to tell another tale – or maybe nine or ten of them – she has just announced her first new record in half a decade, the fittingly titled Time Flies, out October 8 via BMG. And indeed it does fly, as it has now been 12 years since Ladyhawke’s self-titled debut garnered her six New Zealand Music Awards, and a raft of critical accolades. Hard to believe.
As an early teaser for the new album, she’s just released the reflective new single ‘Mixed Emotions,’ an infectious bit of sly new wave funk pop (think Tom Tom Club crossed with Bananarama – who could resist?). And as she cooly intones the lyric, “And we can make it tonight / I’m used to making a fight / You just might make tonight / And we can make it tonight,” one can discern that it just might be about the pressures of two people desperately trying to make time for one another amidst all the day to day demands of modern world living.
“It was written with old mates Jono Sloan and Nick Littlemore while I was on a writing trip in LA,” she recalls. “Sloan had come up with a really cool bass groove which Nick and I riffed over to get the lyrics and melody. The song is about all the things you can feel with one person, sometimes all in a single day. Ups and downs, confusion, highs and lows. And everything in between!”
The genuinely groove-a-riffic accompanying video shows her and her band, and a few sharply attired friends, playing and partying in a neon-lit elevator – which is honestly exactly where we’d like to be, after these fifteen long months of isolated lockdown.