Was it “hip hop”? Was it “pop”? Was it “EDM”? Was it “Art”? This morning on my way to work, my ears were assaulted by the sounds of a song in the midst of an identity crisis. What were these ethereal yet pounding beats, what were Katy Perry’s airy vocals and weird, mixed metaphors? I didn’t know, and I didn’t know if I liked it, so I did what I always do when presented with a new Katy Perry song: rolled the windows half-way down (let’s not get crazy), turned up the volume, and pondered its weirdness.
This is one of those head-scratching times when a song came out months and months ago but is only now getting air-time. Trust me, I listen to top 40 (whenever NPR’s stories are depressing/boring, that is), and I have not heard this baby before. Apparently, our girl KP performed this single at the Grammy’s in another fire/bondage/witchy/whatever performance, so this week it toppled Bey’s Drunk In Love and got the numba 1 spot.
Ya guys, I really don’t know what to think. I mean, it’s a collab between a Christian gospel singer turned pop songstress and a Three 6 Mafia member. I really like the verses and the beats… they’re dark and unexpected. But KP just couldn’t resist going whole hog on the chorus and she uses the phrase “like a dark horse” which is just offensive because it’s a simile of an idiom that’s already a metaphor. UGH.
Take a listen for yourself and ponder the weirdness. I like it? I hate it? I don’t know. Weird collabs 4evr people, viva 2014!