Wild Things (album)

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Wild Things
Ladyhawke - Wild Things.png
Studio album by Ladyhawke
Released 3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
Recorded 2015
Studio Studio America
(Pasadena, California)
Genre Synth-pop[1]
Length 37:48
Label Mid Century
Producer
Ladyhawke chronology
Anxiety
(2012)
Wild Things
(2016)
Singles from Wild Things
  1. "A Love Song"
    Released: 10 March 2016[2]
  2. "Wild Things"
    Released: 15 July 2016[3]

Wild Things is the third studio album by New Zealand singer Ladyhawke. It was released on 3 June 2016 by Mid Century Records in Europe and Oceania and by Polyvinyl in the United States.[2][4] It is her first release since 2012's Anxiety.

Background and recording[edit]

The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tommy English, who was introduced to Ladyhawke by tattoo artist and friend Kat Von D.[5] "We sat in a room and would jam around, play around with ideas. Or he'll sit there making a beat. I instantly knew when something inspired me. That's when we'd run with it." Ladyhawke explained. Speaking about her first new material since 2012's Anxiety, Ladyhawke stated that the reason why she felt there was such a big gap in her album releases was because she didn't want to release anything she wasn't proud of. Prior to the recording of Wild Things, Ladyhawke had actually recorded more "darker" material, but decided the material truly didn't reflect her real self.[6]

Ladyhawke went through professional struggles before the recording of Wild Things, citing a growing dependency on alcohol and depression. "It was like I had an out-of-body experience. I saw myself and couldn't believe what I'd become", Ladyhawke told The Guardian. "I felt disgusted, like: 'What the fuck am I doing?' I'd made my career come to a grinding halt because I was not doing anything; I was wallowing in my own shit and I was drinking too much, and I felt so bad. I felt the worst hangover coupled with depression and aching and felt horrible. Bloated and disgusting like a pig."[7] Moving to Los Angeles and her marriage to actress Madeleine Sami helped Ladyhawke sober up enough to make changes to her life and the recording of Wild Things took place, with most of the songs written about her new wife.

In popular culture[edit]

"Let It Roll" was featured in an advertisement for Australian telecommunications company Optus. The song was also featured in a commercial for Converse entitled "First Day Feels" starring Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. "A Love Song" and "The River" are featured in the soundtrack of the 2016 racing video game Forza Horizon 3. "A Love Song" is also featured in the sitcom Impastor. "Golden Girl" was featured in an episode of the television series Supergirl.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pip Brown; all music composed by Brown and Tommy English, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."A Love Song" (music: Brown, English, Josh Moran)3:24
2."The River"3:26
3."Wild Things"5:13
4."Let It Roll"3:08
5."Chills" (music: Brown, Scott Hoffman)3:09
6."Sweet Fascination"3:48
7."Golden Girl"3:03
8."Hillside Avenue"2:39
9."Money to Burn"2:39
10."Wonderland"3:33
11."Dangerous"3:41
Total length:37:48

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Wild Things.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 19
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 5
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 57
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[13] 7
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[14] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. Asaph, Katherine (11 June 2016). "Ladyhawke: Wild Things". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Minsker, Evan (10 March 2016). "Ladyhawke Returns With New Album Wild Things, Shares "A Love Song"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Wild Things / The River – Single by Ladyhawke". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Milton, Jamie (10 March 2016). "Ladyhawke returns with a dose of 'Sweet Fascination'". DIY. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Sarah (10 March 2016). "Ladyhawke Goes Where the 'Wild Things' Are on New LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ladyhawke reveals 'dark' reason behind album delay". The New Zealand Herald. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (9 June 2016). "Ladyhawke: 'I was always drunk on stage, it's how I hid my anxiety'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Wild Things (liner notes). Ladyhawke. Mid Century Records. 2016. MCR16CD01. 
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Ladyhawke – Wild Things". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ladyhawke – Wild Things". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Ladyhawke Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 June 2018.