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Ladyhawke interview: 'I love LMFAO'

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It may have been four years since Ladyhawke released her eponymous debut, but rarely a week passes when one of the LP's cuts doesn't make a welcome appearance on our iPods.

Following a year of extensive touring and a brief holiday, Pippa Brown has finally returned with her new album Anxiety, which is due out later this year.

With the record's first single 'Black White & Blue' out this week, we met up with her to find out what fans can expect from her new material and what she makes of today's music landscape - including hip-pop duo LMFAO.

Congratulations on finishing your new album Anxiety; are you pleased with how it's all come together?
"I'm so happy - I'm actually really proud of myself for finally finishing it! I've played it to my family and best friends and they all love it - they're a surprisingly tough crowd but they seem as excited as I am about it. I usually think I'll be the only one who likes it because I made it."

It's been four years since your last album - did you get 'second album syndrome' or did you just want to take your time?
"It wasn't that I didn't know what to do - I'd been touring since 2010 and I stupidly thought I could go straight back into writing another album, but I was exhausted. My producer Pascal [Gabriel] came out to New Zealand to work on it but I kept falling asleep during the sessions! It was time for a break."

Was it a wild tour then?
"It was pretty wild. You'd have drinks before the show and then celebrate after with more booze. I was pretty spent by the end of it - I felt like an old woman!"

Apart from recording and writing, what else did you get up to during your time off?
"I reconnected with my friends and family for six months and essentially just chilled out. Making the album was quite tricky after that because Pascal is based in France. I would fly out there for a month at a time to work on the record rather than making it all in one go, which meant it took longer than it could have."

Your debut was a big success - were there any nerves about trying to follow that up?
"I was nervous playing my first London comeback show - I was expecting a lot of blank faces and I knew the press were there too. I felt surprisingly confident on the night though and I was pleased with how it turned out."

Anxiety in some ways sounds similar to your debut but there's still a marked change in sound; how would you describe it?
"I'd agree with that! This one is a little bit darker compared to my last record, which was quite pastel-ey and dancey. This one is a bit rockier too... it's hard to describe it actually! The music has taken on its own personality."

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Are there any songs you're particularly proud of on there?
"I'm really proud of 'Cellophane', only because I've never written a song that slow before. 'Sunday Drive' is a big favourite too. It sounds corny, but I get butterflies when listening back to all of them."

We're big fans of 'Blue Eyes' too.
"A lot of people have been saying that. I'm really proud of that one too - I hope it's going to be a single at some point."

The music video for your new single 'Black White & Blue' is based on '70s film Eyes of Laura Mars. Were you a fan of the original?
"I'd never actually seen it, but I love how the video turned out. I gave the director a brief on what I wanted and she basically did the complete opposite."

What was your idea for the clip?
"I wanted it to be real dialled-up colours - an early '90s psychedelic vibe. Maybe I'll use that for the next video instead!"

People still discuss what genre your music fits into; what do you think?
"It's definitely pop - I love pop music and I hate that there is so much stigma attached to it. A great example is Kurt Cobain - he loved pop music and he essentially made grunge-pop. Pop is in everything - even in something like a Metallica record. I suppose my sound is quite glammy, indie, '60s pop - if that makes any sense."

It's a sound that is having a tough time in the charts at the moment...
"The charts are confusing at the moment. I never thought my last album would be commercially successful - I thought it would be classed as quite indie and would have been happy if it had gained a small following. I had no idea people would take any interest and that would have been my music career! I don't like judging any of it too harshly as people put a lot of time and effort into it. There's a lot of music that sounds like it was made in a factory sometime in the future. I love LMFAO - those guys are great! What I don't like are those people who source samples from great songs that never went anywhere - there's a lot of that going on at the moment."

People seem to be slowly embracing a different sound now. Is that why your album has been pushed back until May?
"Believe me, it's been a massive pain in my arse. This album has been done for a while now but I guess the record company want it to have the best chance possible. I've only just come back to England so I think they want me to do a lot more promo. It's frustrating because I've been mentally prepared for a March release. This album is like a tumour and I just want it out of me now!"

Ladyhawke's new single 'Black White & Blue' is out now. Her album Anxiety follows in May.

Watch the 'Black White & Blue' music video below:

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