At first blush, a shimmery new Kylie Minogue dance anthem would seem wasted during a pandemic in which we are unable to dance together or even get together. Ten years ago she debuted All the Lovers with a video featuring a writhing human pyramid that epically exaggerated a carefree socializing we just can’t imagine right here, right now. But sometimes we simply need a new Kylie tune. I’ve always felt she has the power to turn the sunshine on. And we need that light right now, set to a good beat.
Say Something, her lead single from the forthcoming album (with the blasé title DISCO) hits that sweet spot. It flirts and coos like a standard-make, latter day Minogue louche classic – but the lyrics seem especially apropos in the Covid-19 era’s yearning for togetherness, both socially and sexually. Its strange song structure shouldn’t really work (the chorus is barely a heartbeat and Kylie seems to drop it willy-nilly into the tune when the mood strikes) but it’s extremely catchy and who can resist a slickly produced, love at first sight motivated Kylie who’s always been her own best dancefloor muse? All this bodes well for a late 2020 album release that may herald the beginning of a post-lockdown world with a synth flourish, or a cow bell.