Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion [Single Premiere]
Lady Gaga has made her long-awaited return to the pop music front serving up the lead single ‘Perfect Illusion’ to her upcoming fifth studio album.
Gaga has been rather quiet on the pop music scene for years now, save for the poignant ‘Til It Happens to You’ from 2015’s documentary film The Hunting Ground. In between starring on American Horror Story and exploring the genre of Jazz with Tony Bennett on 2014s ‘Cheek to Cheek’, the antagonising wait for Lady Gaga’s next pop outing is a testament to the star’s dedicated work ethic to craft each album organically and not churn them out yearly which is prevalent in today’s music industry.
Following, in my opinion one of Gaga’s most underrated albums, 2013’s ‘ARTPOP’, the 30-year old is now ready to reclaim her throne as pop’s leading lady. The star announced her fifth studio album is due for release before Christmas 2016 and has premiered the eagerly anticipated #LG5 lead single ‘Perfect Illusion’ which she recently described in an interview to iHeartMedia as “about modern ecstasy… We found our sweet, simple, ragey way of saying it. I get this sick adrenaline rush every time I hear it”.
Lady Gaga co-wrote and co-produced the new single with an all-star team of Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson and BloodPop and she continues to reinvent herself on ‘Perfect Illusion’ which is a garish, disco-rock anthem, nothing like whats on the charts currently but undeniably pop in its own right.
“I don’t need eyes to see / I felt you touchin’ me / High like amphetamine / Maybe you’re just a dream” Gaga theatrically sings with raw and unaltered vocals over a production which infuses genres from her previous projects, infectious pop from her Fame era, surging rock-infused elements from BTW and the campish disco-flair of ARTPOP.
Aside from the repetitive lyrics and jarring key-change, ‘Perfect Illusion’ is a strong, in-your-face return to the music scene for Lady Gaga that admittedly does take a few spins to embrace and one that won’t be fully appreciated until we hear some live performances and a killer accompanying visual. Listen below: