Sky Ferreira

At the 12.12.12 concert the other night, Brian Williams panned over to his tank of phone operators, previously filled by the celebrity likes of Whoopi Goldberg, the SNL cast, and Mark Messier, now populated by a group of “models”; the one closest to him was Sky Ferreria. I don’t know what the deal was with that, exactly, but that she could qualify as a model in that camera shot says a lot about the appeal (and resistance) to her pop, perhaps. Her EP stands strongly on its own, though — one of our Top 5 EPs of the year, in fact — and “Everything Is Embarrassing,” produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, is the strongest testament to that. Here it is “remixed” by New Zealand backbeat psych-rock troupe Unknown Mortal Orchestra, which is to say it’s pretty much redone by UMO in their backbeat/psych vibe, with new drums and guitars and Sky’s voice clean and in tact. A good listen, try it here.

Sky’s Ghost EP is one of our Top 5 of 2012, and is out via Capitol.

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