The best gift of 2017 so far arrived a few weeks ago when Katy Perry treated us to her first new song since her huge 2013 album Prism. KP didn’t let us down with ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ – a glorious pop number with surprisingly deep undercurrents about the state of society. The video, released last week, explores these themes further in a way only Katy knows how; with outlandish outfits and candyfloss.
Keep scrolling to see our favourite moments from the video.
The first shot we see when the video begins is of a super futuristic looking theme park, almost like something we used to build on Rollercoaster Tycoon back in the day! Looks fun, right? Well there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye…
Welcome to Oblivia, the theme park of the future! Or is it of the now? That’s for you to decide. Katy Perry looks her usual stunning-self dressed all in white with pink hair, whilst everyone around her looks bland and samey…except for that guy wearing some sort of diving helmet. You okay hun?!
We love how the video seems to focus on the way society is obsessed with social media and everyone just wants to do the exact same thing to fit in. Suddenly, ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ takes on a whole new meaning!
Katy made no secret of the fact she was a Hilary Clinton supporter during the last US election and we can’t help feeling that a few of the rides’ names are a (not so) subtle dig at a certain Mr Trump and the way things seems to be heading. Burn!
As Katy rides a great big roller coaster called Love Me, complete with emojis and love hearts (another reference to the world’s obsession with social media and needing verification), we can’t help but laugh at some of the faces she pulls! We can’t decide whether she’s scared of the ride, the future of our society or this guy’s outrageous shirt. Maybe all three.
This ride looks seriously terrifying though, it literally flies right off the track! We’d rather stick with the dodgems, thanks very much.
These theme park visitors may look happy but we’re pretty sure they’re dead inside, all walking and dancing in time with each other. It’s just not right! If you look closely enough, you’ll also spot the ‘1984’ George Orwell reference on the timer! Very clever.
After all those crazy rides, a nice relaxing trip to the cinema is just what Katy needs! However it’s not quite as fun as she hoped when she realises everyone in there seems to be hypnotised by the screen except her. Will this dystopian nightmare ever end? If only there was someone around to save her…
Oh look! Skip Marley‘s here to save the day on a giant TV screen, hooray! His verse in the song sounds even more poignant with the accompanying video, with lyrics such as “Up In Your High Place, Liars…They Stumbling And Fumbling And We’re About To Riot, They Woke Up The Lions.” It’s almost enough to make you want to quit social media and go live in the woods (please don’t unfollow us though…)
Reasons to love Katy Perry: she can present a powerful and important message with her music whilst still looking absolutely flawless. Hashtag brows on point. All hail Queen Katy!