After a steady stream of releases that includes two EPs, various singles (“Hang Forever,” “The Dame Says,” etc.), and a song featured in the Lifetime masterpiece Dance Moms, let us finally introduce you to Ivy Levan. The 27-year-old Arkansas-bred singer-songwriter has taken this retro throwback sound that is seemingly everywhere today and really made it her own. Her lush, soulful voice gives off an Amy Whinehouse vibe while her playful theatrics echo the stylings of Paloma Faith but with a stronger pop sensibility. Her latest offering, “Biscuit“, the lead single from her upcoming full-length debut album set to be released in April via Cherrytree/Interscope Records, is a song packed with catchy melodies, a punchy dance beat, and a hugely addictive in-your-face chorus. “I think you might have missed it, I think you got it twisted/When I told you to kiss it, my biscuit, my biscuit!” The accompanying video sees Ivy putting her silly side on full display (obvs, I can’t even with that adorable Biscuit Man), but it’s obvious after spending some time with her other material that there is more to Ivy than just play. She knows exactly what she’s doing and simply loves to play, which amounts to tons of fun for her audience. “I really wanted to make a song that summed up my attitude and the way I was raised in the South,” Ivy said about the track. “Southern Belles don’t take no lip.” Lol, okay Ivy, I may have wrongly assumed it was a reference to Southerners eating buttermilk biscuits instead of its subsequent, not-so-subtle analogy. Jokes aside, Ivy already seems like bonafide star and we are totally here for it. Get familiar now!
– Andrew Tyler Price –