Everything Is Embarrassing

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"Everything Is Embarrassing"
Single by Sky Ferreira
from the album Ghost
B-side "Sad Dream"
Released April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 4:09
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dev Hynes
  • Ariel Rechtshaid
Sky Ferreira singles chronology
"Red Lips"
(2012)
"Everything Is Embarrassing"
(2013)
"You're Not the One"
(2013)

"Everything Is Embarrassing" is a song by American recording artist Sky Ferreira for her second extended play (EP) Ghost (2012). It was first premiered online on August 30, 2012, and was later released as a single on April 16, 2013 by Capitol Records in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The song was written by Ferreira, Dev Hynes, and Ariel Rechtshaid, while the latter two produced the track. An accompanying music video for "Everything Is Embarrassing" was directed by Grant Singer with no budget; it was premiered through Pitchfork on October 1, 2012, and sees Ferreira singing in various locations throughout Los Angeles.

"Everything is Embarrassing" was widely acclaimed and hailed by music critics as one of the best songs of recent years. In 2015, Pitchfork Media named the song at #14 in The 200 Best Tracks of 2010-2014.[1]

Composition[edit]

"Everything Is Embarrassing" is a dance-pop,[2] synthpop,[3] and funk[4] song described as a "dance-worthy tune".[5] It was written by Ferreira, Dev Hynes, and Ariel Rechtshaid, while the latter two produced the track. Hynes, a former friend of Ferreira, had sent her a demo of the song, which was inspired by a failed relationship; Ferreira then modified the original lyrics and structure along with Rechtshaid.[3][6][7][8]

Release and promotion[edit]

With her debut studio album having been frequently delayed throughout the early 2010s,[9] Ferreira released her second extended play Ghost on October 2, 2012 while simultaneously continuing production of her full-length record.[10] "Everything Is Embarrassing" appears as the fifth of five songs on the track listing.[11] The track was premiered through Pitchfork on August 30, 2012,[12] and was later released as a single in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2013.[13] It was later included on the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 46 compilation album, released on May 7, 2013.[14] Remixes by Twin Shadow and Krystal Klear were released digitally on February 5 and March 25, 2013, respectively,[15][16] while a remix by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was included on Ferreira's third extended play Night Time, My Time B-Sides Part 1, released on November 25, 2013.[17]

In her debut television performance, she performed the track on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 7, 2013.[18] She has also performed the track at the SXSW festival.[19]

As of July 2013, "Everything Is Embarrassing" has sold 19,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[20] In Belgium, the song peaked at number 20 and 46 the Flanders and Wallonia Ultratip chart respectively.[21]

Critical response[edit]

"Everything Is Embarrassing" was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork Media the day following its premiere[2] In his review of Ghost, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called the song "counterintuitive and brilliant" and "one of the year's unlikely pop gems".[22] In an otherwise middling review of Ghost, Embling of Tiny Mix Tapes described the song as "so perfect, so potent that for once, you don't fear overexposure", further stating that it "transcends the present moment, not in a 'post-internet' sense, but in the way that it will soundtrack, for many people, memories of 2012".[4]

Several publications and music blogs listed the song among the best of 2012, including Pitchfork Media,[23] The Guardian,[24] the Los Angeles Times,[25] Billboard,[26] Spin,[27] Fact,[28] the Bangkok Post,[29] and New York, the latter of which named it the best song of the year.[30] It was placed at number fifteen in the 2012 Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[31] In 2014, Pitchfork Media named "Everything Is Embarrassing" the fourteenth greatest song of the decade so far, writing: "[The song] is ostensibly a done-with-your-shit kiss-off, and it’s a glorious one", adding "she might be ready to move on, but she's still feeling a million conflicting emotions, and few songs capture that internal strife as honestly and effortlessly as "Everything Is Embarrassing" does."[32]

Music video[edit]

Capitol Records requested that an accompanying music video for "Everything Is Embarrassing" with no budget be filmed following the track's online premiere; it was directed by Grant Singer, who had previously directed the clips for Ferreira's tracks "Sad Dream" and "Lost in My Bedroom", and was filmed in one day in Los Angeles before Ferreira was scheduled to depart for New York City shortly after.[33] It was premiered through Pitchfork on October 1, 2012;[34] the black-and-white clip sees Ferreira singing in various locations throughout the city, including a playground, on the Los Angeles Metro and the roof of the Capitol Records Building.[33]

Track listing[edit]

"Everything Is Embarrassing" – Digital download[13]
No. Title Length
1. "Everything Is Embarrassing"   4:09
2. "Sad Dream"   3:34
3. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (MK Remix) 5:55
4. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (Unicorn Kid Remix) 3:31
Total length:
17:09
"Everything Is Embarrassing" – Twin Shadow Remix digital download[15]
No. Title Length
1. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (Twin Shadow Remix) 4:53
Total length:
4:53
"Everything Is Embarrassing" – Krystal Klear Remix digital download[16]
No. Title Length
1. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (Krystal Klear Remix) 6:13
2. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (Krystal Klear Radio Edit) 3:37
3. "Everything Is Embarrassing" (Krystal Klear Instrumental) 3:37
Total length:
13:27

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version Format Label Ref.
Worldwide August 30, 2012 Single version Online premiere [12]
United States February 5, 2013 Twin Shadow Remix Digital download [15]
March 25, 2013 Krystal Klear Remix [16]
United Kingdom April 16, 2013 Single version [13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 20
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[35] 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 200 Best Tracks of 2010-2014". Pitchfork Media. February 7, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b St. Asaph, Katherine (August 31, 2012). "Sky Ferriera: "Everything Is Embarrassing"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Leedham, Robert (April 17, 2013). ""To be fair, I'm a bit jaded" – DiS meets Sky Ferreira". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Embling (October 21, 2012). "Sky Ferreira – Ghost [EP]". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "[HOT] Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (feat. Blood Orange)". The Music Ninja. September 6, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
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  7. ^ Battan, Carrie (October 31, 2012). "A Small Pop". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
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  19. ^ "SXSW 2013 Reviews: Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, Sky Ferreira, Divine Fits". Consequence of Sound. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ Jason Lipshutz (July 23, 2013). "Sky Ferreira Explains Album Wait: 'It Wasn't As Good As It Could Be'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
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  23. ^ "The Top 100 Tracks of 2012". Pitchfork Media. December 17, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Smith, Caspar Llewellyn (December 13, 2012). "Best tracks of 2012: read the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ Wood, Mikael (December 27, 2012). "Best of 2012 Pop Music: Singles". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ "20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 18, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ "SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2012". Spin. December 9, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ "The 100 Best Tracks of 2012". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. December 13, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  29. ^ Poomsawai, Chanun (December 30, 2012). "TOP 15 singles of 2012". Bangkok Post. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  30. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (December 2, 2012). "Song of the Year". New York. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
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