Review Summary: While suffering from a lack of focus, Ghost shows promise and talent in a rising star.
On Sky Ferreira's new EP, Ghost, the 20 year-old displays an incredible amount of range. In just under 19 minutes, she presents herself as a demure folk singer, a country torch song chanteuse, a post-grunge riot grrrl, and an electro-pop diva. Ferreira slips into each of these roles effortlessly.
Taking each song by its own merits, it's easy to see the talent in this young singer. With a recurring theme of unrequited love, Ferreira is skillfully able to capture the longing of youth. Her vocal delivery on the title track, "Ghost," lingers so closely to a quiver, you can hear the ache in her voice. With "Everything is Embarrassing," Ferreira pieces together the necessary elements for a radio-friendly dance hit, and instead constructs a lonely ballad of heartbreak.
While each track is a delight to listen to- especially "Everything is Embarrassing"- Ferreira changes style so often, it's difficult to discern who she is. Should she be making alt-country with Saddle Creek? Or is she the next Robyn? It's impossible to predict what her next release will sound like. While this could be exciting, it also makes it easy for listeners to lose interest. Sky Ferreira is on the track to greatness, but she needs to find herself before progressing further.