It’s the idea that you can go from spending all of your time with someone, knowing everything there is to know about them and ecstatically talk with them into the early hours of the morning without getting bored which is so dream-like. Everyone wants that feeling. Everyone wants to be so infatuated with someone to the point that your problems no longer exist. But what happens if it’s suddenly all over? How do you go back to “normal life” after experiencing something so pure and beautiful. How can you go from talking to them for hour but not being able to even have a conversation with them anymore.
That’s the concept Katy Perry explores on her playful new single ‘Small Talk’. “We’ve gone from strangers to lovers to strangers” she exclaims during the boppy pre-chorus that pre-empts a lot of self-realisations about the aftermath of a break-up that occurs on this track.
She questions early on; “Isn’t it weird that you’ve seen me naked. We had conversations about forever now it’s about the weather, okay” which perfectly captures that awkward tension that exists after you break up. Like, how are you meant to have a conversation with someone that you were so intimate with? It’s near impossible without some sort of rivalry and she explores further in her reflective lyrics. “Had every inch of your skin. There’s nowhere your hands haven’t been. Ain’t it funny cause now there’s nothing left but small talk”.
For the contrast of this song, she’s set it in a very playful and pop friendly manner that has you dancing around and smiling. It’s through the pulsating synths and free-flowing vocals that she reaffirms you that it’s okay to feel this way and encourages you to just embrace the awkwardness. It also hears her returning to that playful pop sound you got accustomed to on ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Prism’.
This is the resurrection of Katy Perry that you wanted. This new era is already showing so much promise. But here’s an unpopular opinion; ‘Witness’ was actually a great experimental album that people just didn’t appreciate because it wasn’t cookie cutter. That’s some piping hot tea for you.