Arkansas-bred chanteuse Ivy Levan is one to watch in 2014, with her swampy, Southern Gothic stomp-pop and torchy vocals. Her music hits the sweet spot between Ronnie Spector and Portishead's Beth Gibbons, but in the end she truly comes across as one of a kind.
Assuming that Ivy will soon be your new musical crush, we decided to ask her about some of her crushes, just in time for Valentine's Day. Read on, as Ivy picks her pop-culture poison.
Who was your first musical crush?
I had a huge crush on Adam Ant when I was a tween, and I still do today.
What song was playing during your first kiss?
It actually was "Friday I'm in Love" by the Cure. NO REALLY IT WAS!
What is the best makeout song of all time?
"Glory Box" by Portishead. It's so damn sexy.
What's the best breakup song ever?
"What's Love Got to Do With It" by Tina Turner. She just tells it like it is. That's what's up.
What song would you want playing during your first wedding dance?
There are so many, but if I had to pick now, "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses.
What love song makes you cry?
I think this is a classic for most people" "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. Or "Moon River" by Morrissey.
Who is your favorite romantic singer?
What is your fave album to listen to on a lonely Valentine's Day?
EVERYTHING NINE INCH NAILS
Does the idea of a couple making out to your music flatter you, or just freak you out?
Hell yeah, get it on, people! Do your work to it! Make 'dem babies!
What’' the sexiest music video of all time?
Chris Issak's "Wicked Game"
Who's the coolest couple in music?
Jay Z and Beyoncé, duh!
What's the most romantic moment in movie history?
That part in "Cast Away" when they are kissing in the rain.
What romantic movie role do you wish you could play?
Demi Moore in "Ghost"
Who is your favorite fairytale princess?
Forget the princesses, it's all about the Villains — and that would be Maleficent
What is the most romantic city to visit?
I've always wanted to go to Paris, France. Hopefully that's as romantic as I've always dreamed it to be.
Describe your ideal Valentine’s Day date.
Good food, good movie, and even better company.
Flowers or chocolates?
Do you watch/hate-watch "The Bachelor"?
I don't really watch television except for a select fave programs.
Overall, are you pro- or anti-Valentine's Day?
Pro! Why not have an excuse to show love to whomever and just celebrate that relationship. Relationships are hard work.
If someone did that "Say Anything" boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it, or call the police?
I would hope someone would be that cool and do it for me.