hands coated in red dye, beet juice, blood, american stripes. hands coated in dead stars, dead dreams, dead man woman child. hands coated in guilt, abrasion, evasion, invasion. hands coated in western thought, in infertile soil, in lost opportunity, in lost time, in lost people. hands coated in abuse, in harassment, in violence, in dismemberment. hands coated in cancer, in bias, in misjudgement, in displacement, in disadvantage, in discrimination, in incrimination, in intimidation, in miseducation, in reconciliation. hands coated in names, in placards, in protest, in awareness, in movement, in revolt, in union, in images of fists in the air. hands coated in disruption, in corruption, in correction, in insurrection. hands coated in justice, in too often a lack thereof, in ignorance, in shame, in black, in white.
hands coated in red die. beat juice. blood.
stars and stripes.
WITH A MAJESTIC NEW RECORD ON THE HORIZON, SKY FERREIRA APPEARS TO BE LEAVING CONTROVERSY BEHIND
Sky Ferreira is probably the best pop star on the planet right now and if you disagree then I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. Her bruised but defiant debut album, 2014′s Night Time, My Time, had no right being as magnificent as it was, not least because she was working against a record label who seemingly didn’t want to release her music. But she got it out there, toured the shit out of it (including a stint aboard Miley’s ludicrous Bangerz circus) and has quietly set about creating its follow-up. While that album, Masochism – influenced by Fever Ray and produced in part by Kanye collaborator Mike Dean – is still being recorded, the much-trailed single Guardian is proof enough of its impending majesty. Free of the shackles that weighed down the last album, I had a chat with Sky on the phone about the new album, not dying on stage and how she may have created actual Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As you’re about to learn, she’s a surprisingly chatty Cathy once she gets going.