It feels only like yesterday Ladyhawke’s energy fuelled ‘My Delirium’ was dominating the airwaves. Her self-titled debut album left us wanting for more and the wait is finally over. Wild Things doesn’t so much pick-up where we last left off , but instead has sonically evolved. Ladyhawke has utilised the synth sounds of the ’80s with modern pop elements to make a refreshing and reflective piece of work. Contributing factors to the gap between projects include scrapping a whole album that was in production and life changing events that reshaped the sound Ladyhawke was going for; she’s quit drinking, she’s married and her music has become a reflection of her current self.
Wild Things is consistent throughout. While other artists are experimenting with new styles of music or riding trend waves, the sorely missed ’80s and it’s mid to late 2000’s revival lives on in Ladyhawke. We enter the album with its lead single ‘A Love Song’. Immediately attention catching, it can easily be the backdrop to any modern coming-of-age teenage drama television series. In fact, the whole album can easily be on every late teens/early adulthood Spotify/iTunes playlist. The upbeat rhythm continues right on into ‘The River’ with heavy fast paced drums and catchy lyrics. The record is reminiscent of Cornershop’s ‘Brimful Of Asha’ video clip where the girl is playing her tunes through her vinyl player and grooving to her favourite music. If the video was to be remade ‘The River’ would certainly be its accompaniment.
We then gradually move on into ‘Wild Things’. The sonic presence of the album begins to shine through at this point and I’m instantly reminded of the movie Drive and cult video game Hotline Miami. From a production point of view what’s interesting to note here is the breaths between the lines are left in rather than edited out. It helps the lyrics grasp to the topic and gives it an aura which would be otherwise missed had it been seamlessly edited. Admittedly ‘Chills’ will give you chills. For ‘My Delirium’, Ladyhawke wanted to capture the elusive happy sad sound, and the presence of this happy-sad sound is vibrant in ‘Chills’. It’s one of those songs where you could listen to it a nauseating amount of times and never really get sick of it; you could play it any time of day during any activity and it would fit the mood.
Whilst the pace of the album is quite even ‘Golden Girl’ keeps the upbeat rhythm going. It’s a feel good song making use of ’90s songwriting and production conventions with modern day techniques. From beginning to end the ‘Wild Things’ album entails good tracks as well as organic sounding music and lyrics make it attractive to new fans and loyal ones. We technically finish off with ‘Dangerous’ continuing the albums trend and feel – but it doesn’t seem much like an end so much so as the beginning back to ‘A Love Song’. Due to its delivery of ’80s synths, pop hits, catchy lyrics; Wild Things creates an infinite loop of awesome.