“Crimson Lips” is a tune by American singer Sky Ferreira from her second prolonged play (EP), Ghost (2012). It was launched on July 17, 2012, by Capitol Information. The tune was written and produced by Greg Kurstin, with extra songwriting supplied by Shirley Manson. “Crimson Lips” is a pop rock tune that describes the emotional deterioration of a person that Ferreira disliked. It differs from the earlier electropop types displayed in her earlier works; this was intentionally carried out to stop Ferreira from being branded similarly as Britney Spears, which she felt that Capitol Information had supposed to do.
Regardless of Ghost itself garnering combined opinions, “Crimson Lips” acquired usually favorable opinions from music critics, who complimented its total manufacturing. Nonetheless, the monitor did not influence any nationwide document charts. An accompanying music video for “Crimson Lips” was directed by Terry Richardson, and was premiered via Richardson’s YouTube channel on June 12, 2012. Critics directed their commentaries in direction of Ferreira’s more and more risqué public persona, shifting from the extra harmless picture with which she launched her profession.
Background and composition
Along with her debut studio album having been steadily delayed all through the early 2010s, Ferreira launched her second prolonged play Ghost on October 2, 2012, whereas concurrently persevering with manufacturing of her full-length album. “Crimson Lips” seems because the fourth of 5 songs on the monitor itemizing; a preview of the tune was first launched via YouTube earlier that February. “Crimson Lips” was later heard on the tv sequence Gossip Lady, in the course of the episode “Save the Final Likelihood” from its sixth and remaining season on November 26, 2012.
“Crimson Lips” was written and produced by Greg Kurstin, with extra songwriting supplied by Shirley Manson. Ferreira first collaborated with Kurstin on her demo monitor “Femme Fatale”, and first got here into contact with Manson via her Myspace profile which she had been importing her music on. They had been involved that her document label supposed to model her like Britney Spears; these conversations prompted Manson to supply Ferreira the monitor “Crimson Lips”. She made lyrical changes to take away slang generally utilized in British English, together with the time period “taking a piss”, to higher go well with the American Ferreira. The monitor incorporates pop rock and grunge musical types, changing into a departure from the electropop components explored in her earlier tracks. “Crimson Lips” additionally contains outstanding guitar instrumentation, which Michael Cragg from The Guardian felt signaled a musical transition for Ferreira; he additional in contrast the tune to the works of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Bradley Stern from MuuMuse famous that the mixing of “intimidating stabs of guitars and a depraved drum pulse” showcased “the acidic facet of Sky’s angle”.
Ferreira acknowledged that the lyrics for “Crimson Lips” had been supposed as a story of the emotional breakdown of “a really particular individual or a sort [that] all the time made me really feel uncomfortable”. In October 2012, DJ Com Truise launched a synth-pop remix of “Crimson Lips”, which a author for Truth felt complimented the songs on his debut studio album Galactic Soften (2011). The DSL remix of the unique monitor is included within the soundtrack album to the function movie Vampire Academy (2014).
“Crimson Lips” acquired usually favorable opinions from music critics, who complimented its total manufacturing. Writing for Consequence of Sound, Tony Hardy supplied a positive evaluation and appreciated the grunge music components seen all through the monitor, regardless of opining that its guardian prolonged play Ghost (2012) lacked a artistic focus. Michael Cragg from The Guardian acknowledged the monitor as a “welcome return for Sky Ferreira”, and in contrast it to the works of the band Rubbish, which songwriter Shirley Manson is a member of. Bradley Stern from MuuMuse shared the same sentiment, elaborating that the monitor “performs just like the unofficial sequel” to “Cherry Lips” by the band.Jon Caramanica from The New York Instances drew comparisons to the tracks “Proprietor of a Lonely Coronary heart” by Sure and “In Bloom” by Nirvana. Writing for Pitchfork, Katherine St. Asaph appreciated that Ferreira “fares higher and sounds much more comfy” on tracks together with “Crimson Lips”, which she felt that Ferreira “[sells] with a distant, nearly tossed-off vocal.” In a extra combined evaluation, a author for Tiny Combine Tapes was upset that Ferreira got here throughout as an “imitation” of Avril Lavigne and Fefe Dobson on the monitor.
“We had been planning on doing a music video however then we couldn’t get the precise idea for it, so he was like ‘I’ve a tarantula at my studio, Simply attempt to do one thing with it.’ And I used to be like ‘Yeah positive I will attempt.'”
— Ferreira describing the conception of the music video.
An accompanying music video for “Crimson Lips” was directed by Terry Richardson. She went into its filming open-minded with reference to its idea, and finally agreed with the artistic path that Richardson proposed. The ultimate product was premiered via Richardson’s YouTube channel on June 12, 2012; it later appeared on Ferreira’s Vevo channel on July 13. The clip sees Ferreira, wearing underwear, making use of lipstick on her total face, and is interspersed with footage of its co-star, the spider “Toby the Tarantula”, crawling throughout her physique. She acknowledged that her wardrobe was supposed to enhance the simplistic nature of the music video, slightly than an try to create intercourse attraction.
Critics directed their commentaries of the music video in direction of Ferreira’s more and more risqué public persona, shifting from the extra harmless picture with which she launched her profession. A author from MuuMuse supplied a positive evaluation, evaluating it to the visuals for “Felony” by Fiona Apple and summarizing that “Sky Ferreira is cooler than something you and I may ever be.” Becky Bain from Idolator acknowledged that the looks of Toby the Tarantula was “one way or the other nowhere close to as disconcerting because the picture of Sky, wanting washed out with platinum hair towards a white background, crazily portray her face with a tube of pink lipstick.” Michael Cragg of The Guardian felt that Ferreira’s friendship with the controversial Richardson showcased a “shift away from the pop princess she felt she was being moulded into”, and commented that the spider was “not for the faint-hearted”.
Credit and personnel
Credit tailored from the liner notes of the restricted version of Night time Time, My Time.
Recording and administration
Launch historical past
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- Ricketts, Whitney (November 26, 2012). “Gossip Lady Music: Songs From Season 6, Episode 7, “Save the Final Likelihood““. Wetpaint. Archived from the unique on April 7, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- Cragg, Michael (June 14, 2012). “New music: Sky Ferreira – Crimson Lips”. The Guardian. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- “Strem Com Truise’s Extravagant Synth Remix of Sky Ferreira’s ‘Crimson Lips‘“. Truth. October 11, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Hardy, Tony (October 16, 2012). “Album Assessment: Sky Ferreira – Ghost EP”. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
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- “Vampire academy soundtrack introduced” (Press launch). Common Music Group. January 31, 2014. Archived from the unique on March 2, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014 – by way of Yahoo!7.
- Caramanica, Jon (October 15, 2012). “Releases by Jason Aldean, Sky Ferreira and Godspeed You! Black Emperor”. The New York Instances. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
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- “Sky Ferreira – Crimson Lips (Official Video)”. YouTube. July 13, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Stern, Bradley (June 12, 2012). “Sky Ferreira: “Crimson Lips” (Video Premiere)”. MuuMuse. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Bain, Becky (June 12, 2012). “Sky Ferreira Befriends A Tarantula In Terry Richardson-Directed “Crimson Lips” Video”. Idolator. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- “Crimson Lips – Single by Sky Ferreira”. iTunes Retailer (US). Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Night time Time, My Time (restricted version liner notes). Sky Ferreira. Capitol Information. 2014. B002007302.CS1 maint: others (hyperlink)
- “Crimson Lips – Single by Sky Ferreira”. iTunes Retailer (Canada). Retrieved February 10, 2014.