The Tame Impala frontman produced and tracked guitars, synths and drums on Mother Monster’s first new tune since her 2013 ARTPOP album, forming part of a musical mega-squad that also included superproducer Mark Ronson, BloodPop (whose CV includes Justin Bieber’s mega-hit single Sorry) and — as it turns out — none other than Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age on guitar:
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 9, 2016
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1, Gaga calls Parker a “musical genius”, and says he even helped her come up with the name of the song.
“Kevin Parker flew over from Australia and he came up with this idea that the beginning of the song was called Illusion,” she explains (via NME).
“We stripped everything away. I sat at the piano, Kevin was on the guitar and Mark [Ronson] was at the bass and we just played through it and I worked on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth. What was important to me was it wasn’t just a song about any illusion but one we can all relate to. That’s how we came up with the title Perfect. But I have to hand it to Kevin he is a real musical genius.”
Perfect Illusion represents the first lick of Gaga’s fifth studio album, which is apparently “in its final stages” and due out later this year.
And like the single itself, the LP is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, with the pop kween revealing that it’s also packing a duet with Florence Welch, plus collabs with Beck, Father John Misty and more.
Meanwhile, Gaga performed Perfect Illusion live for the first time, just hours after its commercial release, at a dingy London pub in front of around 200 people. Catch the footage, below.
Watch: Lady Gaga – ‘Perfect illusion’ Live at The Moth 09/09/16