“my heart is dreaming but paris is screaming, paris is screaming all night long” – LADYHAWKE, “Paris is Burning”
Ladyhawke is the solo project of New Zealand singer-songwriter Phillipa Brown, one of the top and best electro acts to come out of New Zealand in the past decade or so. Having just finished her tour in mid-November, plans for a second album and supporting tour have not been revealed, though a new single “Magic,” was released in late October.
Her first, self-titled album, which debuted in 2008, yielded 13 nominations for the New Zealand Music Awards and ARIA Music Awards, with 8 total wins — a great feat for a debut album. Among the awards, Ladyhawke took home a NZMA for “My Delirium” as Best Single of the Year, as well as an award for Album of the Year, along with a win at ARIA for Breakthrough Artist. While “My Delirium” won recognition and praise, “Paris is Burning” was surprisingly a bit overlooked, but in my opinion, the best single from her debut album. While there are some great remixes of the track from Cut Copy, Peaches and Alex Metric, I find the original in its best form.
Three things you may not know about Ladyhawke: 1. She never wears women’s clothes, only menswear and boys underwear; 2. She has Asperger syndrome, and believes much of her passion and obsession with music can be attributed to this; 3. There’s a video game created in her honor, play it here.
One of my favorite quotes from Ladyhawke: “We were all once teenagers, listening to music at full volume, jumping on the bed with the door shut.”
Listen to her latest single “Magic” below and one of my favorite tracks from 2008/my favorite from Ladyhawke “Paris is Burning”:
Ladyhawke – Magic
Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning