Daily Song Study

Ladyhawke – My Delirium

In songs on January 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

We’ve spoken here before about doing retro right. And though it may make certain of us feel a bit old, the ’80s is now very retro. This tune is the brainchild of a writer raised in that era.

Ladyhawke is the pseudonym of Phillipa “Pip” Brown, who had played around in a variety of bands for many years until deciding to create an alter-ego, “a sort of pop superwoman creating radio-friendly songs with a single bound.”

One of the things that 1980s pop songwriting brought was an attention to distinctive parts carrying their own melody alongside the main vocal line. Brown has reproduced that focus perfectly on this track. The guitar, keyboard, and even bass parts are singable, yet occupy their own space to give room for the catchy lead melody. It’s a nice trick, one that needn’t be confined to the shoulder-pad decade.

  1. […] As mentioned before, doing retro right is tricky. One of the most innovative bands in that regard has been The Decemberists. They have retrieved the idea of progressive folk a la Fairport Convention and mixed it with all manner of modern influences, while using a lyrical vocabulary better suited for the 19th century than the 21st. Somehow, it works. […]

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