After hinting at it for several days, Katy Perry has given fans some new music, and a surreal lyric video to go along with it.
The catchy, sonically up-beat synth-pop single "Chained to the Rhythm," featuring Bob Marley's grandson, Skip Marley, was released late Thursday evening and came with a lyric video that plays off the viral trend of people cooking tiny meals in miniature homes.
And also, there’s a rodent.
A majority of the video shows a pair of hands preparing several tiny, tasty-looking dishes on a real, working miniature stove. From a gourmet hamburger to a classic spaghetti and meatballs dinner, the hands slave over these micro-meals in an immaculate doll-house kitchen.
Then, in an adjacent room, there's the rodent, sitting on a tiny arm chair watching a 1" TV. Eventually (spoilers), the tiny meals are fed to the animal, who sort of just knocks them all over the place.
With the discordant video playing over Perry’s bouncy, dance-friendly beat and catchy lyrics, the whole thing almost feels like a David Lynch movie.
Which is likely the point, if you consider the lyrics:
"Are we crazy? Living our lives through a lens/ Trapped in our white-picket fence/Like ornaments/So comfortable, we live in a bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble/ trouble/ Aren't you lonely/Up there in utopia/ Where nothing will ever be enough?/Happily numb."
Perry has been hyping up the release of her new single for a week. She revealed her new blonde 'do on Monday in a pic she posted to Instagram, then she shared several "clues" with fans, including time-lapse video of a billboard being installed with her face and the date Feb. 10, and a cryptic clip of a mirror ball chained to a woman's ankle.
Perry captioned the clip, "Why are we all so chained...," hinting at the title of her new single, which is her first new music since her Olympic anthem "Rise," which dropped in July.
The singer also offered a scavenger hunt of sorts for the song, placing disco balls in major cities around the world that fans could plug their headphones into for an early listen of “Chained to the Rhythm.”
Recently, Perry opened up about her upcoming studio album while sitting down with Elvis Duran on his morning radio show.
"I'm working with a lot of unexpected writers and producers and … that's bringing out a lot of different things sonically," the "Roar" singer revealed. "I'm putting myself in unexpected situations and that is breeding a lot of new color."