Sky Ferreira Shares First New Song in Three Years: Listen
Finally: Sky Ferreira is back with her first new song as a solo artist in three years. Ferreira wrote “Don’t Forget” with Jorge Elbrecht and Tamaryn Brown. Elbrecht also mixed the single and produced it with Ferreira. The song was mastered by Heba Kadry. Listen to “Don’t Forget” below.
Ferreira previously discussed “Don’t Forget” in a 2019 interview with Pitchfork. Camille Dodero wrote in the Cover Story:
In March 2019, Ferreira shared the song “Downhill Lullaby,” her first new music since releasing her debut album Night Time, My Time in 2013. Shortly after the release of “Downhill Lullaby,” Ferreira joined Charli XCX on Charli’s track “Cross You Out.”
Ferreira announced in 2015 that her second album would be called Masochism. She subsequently claimed that a new song and short film would arrive that summer, but scheduling conflicts and health issues delayed its release. “I refuse to put out something that isn’t honest,” she later said, explaining the wait. “It’s not something that I can force out. If I was to do it any sooner I either would have been compromising myself and anyone listening.”
The following February, Ferreira said that Masochism would land that summer. Ferreira also discussed the largely self-produced LP in her interview with Pitchfork, stating that she wrote it with Tamaryn Brown and also worked with Jorge Elbrecht. The album has yet to materialize.
In a new interview with Vulture, Ferreira said she’s “100 percent confident” the album will come out on the heels of the new single. “I think there’s some things that need to be finished, and I would like to write some [more] songs,” she said. “A lot of it’s done. It’s just more mixing, rerecording certain parts, changing certain lyrics. It’s little details.” She also said she plans to announce a tour soon.
Since releasing Night Time, My Time, Ferreira has starred in a number of films and television series. She appeared in Twin Peaks: The Return and the movies The Green Inferno, Baby Driver, and Lords of Chaos. The latter film is set in 1987 Oslo, Norway, and depicts the early days of the ill-fated black metal band Mayhem, as well as their peers Burzum. She was also recruited for Jordan Peele’s revival of The Twilight Zone. She starred in an episode called “Ovation,” written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.
Although she has issued a sparse amount of original material in recent years, Ferreira has sang a handful of covers and collaborated with other musicians. In 2016, she sang a duet with Bobby Gillespie on Primal Scream’s Chaosmosis single “Where the Light Gets In.” She also appeared on Iceage’s Beyondless cut “Pain Killer.”
In 2017, Ferreira shared a cover of Lionel Richie’s Commodores classic “Easy” in conjunction with the release of Baby Driver—her Nigel Godrich–produced version appears in the film. The following year, after saying that her label had locked her out of her own SoundCloud account, Ferreira dropped her rendition of ’Til Tuesday’s 1995 single “Voices Carry,” which she referred to as “one of [her] favorite songs.”
Last January, Ferreira shared a cover of David Bowie’s 1970 song “All the Madmen.” She posted the rediscovered demo on Instagram to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday. “HBD DAVID BOWIE 💋I love you ❤️” she wrote at the time.
Read Pitchfork’s 2019 Cover Story “Sky Ferreira Returns.” Plus, check out “The 100 Best Songs of 2019,” featuring “Downhill Lullaby” at No. 93.