Seven months ago the band Lemonade shared with the world their song “Neptune”. It’s a wonderful pop song, with wonderful melodies and connectable / perfect lyrics. As I tend to do with most songs I hear and love. I covered it, as an exercise usually only for myself, but this time I sent it to the band. At the time I loved the lyrics, but right now seven months later… i fully appreciate the lyrics, so in the absence of new Blood Orange materiel… here it is.
While making Coastal Grooves, Hynes was haunted by a spate of gay teenage suicides in America, the events triggering memories from his childhood growing up in Romford. “I kept thinking about it because I’m straight but I got bullied as if I was gay growing up. A lot of my friends were gay so I was spat on on the bus daily and I ended up in hospital a couple of times from being beaten up so badly. I kept looking at interviews with Octavia St Laurent [American trans woman who appeared in the documentary Paris Is Burning] and I just saw her as such a powerful icon for breaking out. I kept thinking about a lot of those kids who were gay and black in 80s New York, and how they had this culture where they could be free and escape.” The residue of Hynes’s own memories was, in many ways, the catalyst behind Blood Orange. “I had all these insecurities from when I used to get bullied, and they really attacked me a few years ago, and I just totally went inwards. When I was recording music I’d record all the parts myself and I wouldn’t let other people in; that’s essentially what Blood Orange is the result of; me trying to find the most comfortable I can be with everything. It’s also what caused the delay; I had to almost build myself up again.” via The Guardian
Wow, article (and playlist) on The Fader right now about the songwriting & production of myself and Justin Parker (Lana Del Ray) based around the work we have done for female singers. Real crazy times.
Pre-orderSky Ferreira’s new Ghost E.P on itunes (available october 16th) featuring a slightly reworked version by producer Ariel Rechtshaid of the song I wrote and produced “Everything Is Embarrassing (originalversion)”
It’s been a long road, but I can finally share with you the video and music for “Losing You”, the first single taken from the Solange Knowles record I wrote and produced. The video was directed by Melina Matsoukas
♥ Listen to the new Sky Ferreira single “Everything Is Embarassing” from her forthcoming record “Ghosts” Released via EMI on October 2nd. The song is written & produced by Myself along with Ariel Rechtshaid. ♥