Dissecting Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’ Will Van Dalsem September 12, 2016 Music 341 Tweet Share Share Email WhatsAppShares 0Earlier this summer, news broke that Lady Gaga had spent time in the studio with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. Personally, I was intrigued by this collaboration, because to me it seemed as if Gaga was hopping on the indie bandwagon in order to produce more left-field, forward-thinking music. She would be joining the ranks of mainstream pop stars doing the same thing as of late. Beyonce collaborated with James Blake, Father John Misty, and Jack White on her exceptional Lemonade (2016). Miley Cyrus teamed up with The Flaming Lips. Charli XCX went straight-up wonky with electronic producer Sophie on Vroom Vroom EP (2016). And now Gaga has brought the king of psych rock revival into the fold. After months of anticipation, Gaga and Parker, along with Mark Ronson and Grimes’ collaborator Bloodpop, dropped “Perfect Illusion” on Friday. The question is: was it any good? For the most part, the answer to that question is yes. “Perfect Illusion” is an infectious, well-written synth-pop jam with an explosively catchy chorus. Gaga sounds better than ever on the track; she wails and growls in with raw emotion and grit. While Gaga was the VIP on “Perfect Illusion”, Parker and Ronson bring simple, clean electronic production that’s a tad underwhelming. The instrumentation on this track is a bit too stripped-back and minimal to support the grand chorus melody and epic key modulation. Still, “Perfect Illusion” is so damn good compositionally that I can easily overlook these minor production flaws. The song is probably my favorite from Lady Gaga yet. I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.