Dua Lipa mesmerizes once again with her latest musical creation, “Houdini,” a spellbinding single that materializes the enchantment of proudly embracing singledom. In the chorus, Lipa confidently declares, “I’m not here for long / catch me or I go—Houdini,” paying homage to the legendary magician.
Liberation in Singledom
In a press release, Lipa shares insights into the essence of the track, stating, “This track represents the most light and freeing parts of my singledom. ‘Houdini’ is very tongue in cheek, exploring the idea of whether someone is really worth my while or if I’ll ghost them in the end. You never know where something may take you, that’s the beauty of being open to whatever life throws your way. I’m looking forward to sharing that feeling of defiant bliss with my fans.
Shift in Musical Landscape
This release marks the commencement of Dua Lipa eagerly anticipated musical era following the success of her 2020 album, “Future Nostalgia,” a collection of pop gems that resonated widely during the COVID lockdown. While maintaining the signature sparkly dance floor appeal from tracks like “Cool” or “Pretty Please,” “Houdini” takes a stylistic turn with ’80s synths, deviating from the ’70s disco influences of her previous work.
The Artistic Journey Unveiled
Lipa had hinted at incorporating psychedelic sounds into her upcoming album, with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker taking on the role of producer. Core collaborators on this track and the entire project include Caroline Ailin, Danny L. Harle, and Tobias Jesso Jr. Lipa expresses, “A lot of this album was written in those joyous moments of absolute chaos and how I moved through the world with lightness and optimism of whatever the outcome may be.
Accompanying the release is a visually captivating music video directed by Manu Cossu, with cinematographer André Chemetoff. Lipa takes center stage, dancing in front of a mirror, her luscious newly-dyed red hair flowing as she thrashes through moves in a rehearsal room. It’s a testament to her artistic evolution, showcasing just how far she’s come from the viral hip-twisting meme that once defined her.