My heart is dreaming but paris is screaming, paris is screaming all night long”
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 has not been revealed just yet, though a new single â€œMagic,â€ was released in late October.
Her first album, which debuted in 2008, yielded 13 nominations in the New Zealand Music Awards and ARIA Music Awards, with eight wins total, a great feat for a debut album. Among the wins included NZMA wins for â€œMy Deliriumâ€ as best single of the year as well as a win for â€œAlbum of the Year,â€ along with a win at ARIA for â€œBreakthrough Artistâ€. While â€œMy Deliriumâ€ won recognition and praise, â€œParis is Burningâ€ was surprisingly a bit overlooked, and in my opinion, the best single from her debut album. While thereâ€™s 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:
- She never wears womenâ€™s clothes, only menswear and boys underwear.
- She has Asperger syndrome, and believes much of her passion and obsession with music can be attributed to this.
- Thereâ€™s a video game created in her honor, play it here.
One of my favorite quotes from Ladyhawke:
â€œWe were all once teenagers, listening to music at full volume, jumping on the bed with the door shut.â€
Listen to her latest single â€œMagicâ€ below and one of my favorite tracks from 2008/my favorite from Ladyhawke â€œParis is Burningâ€: