Australia’s favourite sister from another mister, Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown), is back with the latest quadrennial episode from her punctiliously arranged discography, Wild Things.
As per both previous albums, Ladyhawke and Anxiety, Wild Things was another focused four year stint to create. The album developed over time after producer, Tommy English, was introduced to Ladyhawke by her neighbour and well-known tattooist and artist, Kat Von D.
“I’ve never released anything I’m not proud of. That’s important to me,” explains New Zealand born and bred synth-pop powerhouse , Ladyhawke, of the much discussed waits between albums.
Wild Things is a celebratory and uplifting look at life and love. Since releasing Anxiety in 2012, Ladyhawke has given up the booze (and the one night stands!) has settled into married life, attributing these factors to the tone of the album and the reason in which she scrapped an entire album worth of darker works that were set to be her third album.
While this album is certainly something to be proud of it has, ever so slightly, missed the mark for me. Remember when The Strokes released their synth-heavy 2011 album, Angles, off the back of their indie-rock, 2006 album, First Impressions of Earth? Feels a bit like that. I’m missing the familiar emotion and sounds that I had so fondly remembered and desired of Ladyhawke.
That being said, there is certainly a place for this album in the synth-pop thunderdome; this album is about as bubblegum fun as they come. Ladyhawke has really turned the page in her impressive catalogue of work, and has created what I can only describe as a Science Fiction, Aerobic Workout Dance Party. Elements of the albums could easily be slotted into any hypothetical sequels, prequels, or remakes (*shudder*) of the 1982, cult science fiction film, Tron. There’s some cute harmonies going on across the album and these are highlighted in stand-out track, co-written with Babydaddy of the Scissor Sisters, ‘Chills’. Wild Things is not short of catchy tracks such as ‘Golden Girl’ and ‘Wonderland’, but the whole album is lacking depth lyrically.
Like me, I think Ladyhawke’s existing fan base will struggle to relate to Wild Things. Maybe it’s just me, they say it’s hard to communicate satisfaction well, and I think that’s what is happening to Ladyhawke on Wild Things, and what is happening to me here trying to review it.
Reviewed by Lauren McAleer