It’s been a long wait, but Sky Ferreira is finally back. The pop artist—whose last album, Night Time My Time, was released six years ago—has released “Downhill Lullaby,” the first single from her long-awaited album, Masochism.
The song is eerie and gothic, building tension and unease with unhurried instrumentation and sinuous string parts courtesy of Danish violinist Nils Gröndahl. “You leave me open / Then you kiss me,” Ferreira sings, her voice a low murmur. “Your lips and roses / That you left me.”
“Downhill Lullaby” began with a frightening vision of water in darkness, Ferreira told Pitchfork. “Lakes kind of terrify me,” she said. “In a lake, by yourself, you look at the bottom and it’s murky and still and you can’t really see anything or feel anything—and if you do, it’s fucking terrifying. It always feels like something will grab you and pull you under.”
And as far as influences go, the song was inspired by “George Antheil, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mica Levi and John Cale,” Ferreira said in a tweet. She also revealed that she’s planning to release a version of the song “where you can hear all of the strings.”
Listen to “Downhill Lullaby” below: