Dua Lipa has made her comeback! Following weeks of anticipation—and a three-year gap since the commencement of her promo campaign for the disco-infused hit “Future Nostalgia”—the renowned pop icon unveiled “Houdini,” the lead single from her forthcoming third album, the title of which remains undisclosed.
Right from the opening beats of the song, initiated by Lipa’s soft-spoken “okay,” followed by a distinctive bassline, listeners are immediately ensnared by the artistry of a genuine pop maestro. With potent emotion, Lipa belts out, “I come and I go; tell me all the ways you need me,” culminating in the chorus, “Catch me or I go; hoo-dee-nee.” This catchy and whimsical pronunciation is tailor-made to linger in your mind for days, if not weeks.
The track’s magnetic allure is undeniable. Thanks to the production prowess of Kevin Parker and Danny L. Harle, the song fuses elements reminiscent of the disco vibes from ABBA’s Voulez-Vous era, Harle’s distinctive PC music sound, and Parker’s psychedelic touch from his work with Tame Impala. The composition is teeming with infectious melodies, striking a perfect balance between novelty and a comforting familiarity that characterizes standout pop tunes.
True to form, Lipa’s discerning fashion sense shines through in the music video, hinting at her evolving style trajectory. Helmed by Manu Cossu and shot by André Chemetoff, the video commences in a minimalist dance studio lined with mirrors. Lipa energetically dances, her vibrant red hair swaying dramatically, evoking memories of Madonna’s iconic “Hung Up” visuals—a testament to Lipa’s adeptness at paying homage.
Donning a chic ensemble curated by her trusted stylist Lorenzo Posocco, Lipa sports a Dion Lee fishnet corset top, Martine Rose track pants in navy, and Puma sneakers. This attire perfectly encapsulates the nocturnal allure that inspired the song’s narrative. Lipa elaborates, “The song embodies the carefree moments of my single life, with a touch of irony as I ponder whether to invest my time or simply move on. Embracing life’s unpredictability is liberating.” As the video crescendos, dancers emerge, enveloping Lipa in a frenzied celebration, culminating in a poignant moment where she stands alone, collecting her thoughts.
This entire spectacle reaffirms Lipa’s status as a formidable force in pop music. Stripping away elaborate sets and extravagant visuals, Dua Lipa effortlessly captivates audiences with her undeniable talent, signaling a triumphant return to center stage.