Sky Ferreira Shoots and Shoplifts in Dusty 'Sad Dream' Video

Marc Hogan

Sky Ferreira's new Ghost EP is only five tracks long, but it's varied and accomplished enough to make good on the 20-year-old singer's unlikely five-years-and-counting as an artist on the verge. Standout "Everything Is Embarrassing" is forward-thinking electro-pop with Usher and Solange co-writers in its DNA, and Shirley Manson contribution "Red Lips" is welcome Garbage recycling.

"Sad Dream," the latest video selection (via Fader), is a strummy acoustic ballad, somewhere between Mazzy Star's smoky cowboy psych and Neko Case's assertive alt-country. Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West) and Cass McCombs guitarist Blake Mills are involved.

Directed by Grant Singer, who also shot the clip for "Everything Is Embarassing" plus a new short film called IRL, the song's video shifts from urban black-and-white to sun-scorched color and high plains drifting. Ferreira wields a gun and helps steal liquor, but never looks happy.

Visually, it's still a bit reliant on that model-actress pout, but musically it's more evidence Ferreira's pop-star dream shouldn't have to be a sad one.

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