Dua Lipa ignites anticipation with her latest single, “Houdini,” providing a vibrant glimpse into the psychedelic direction she’s steering towards in her upcoming third album. This musical journey is all about reveling in the present, steering away from the conventional long-haul narratives.
“Houdini” acts as the catalyst for the overarching theme that threads its way through Dua’s forthcoming project. The singer describes the track as encapsulating the essence of that exhilarating 4 a.m. feeling when the night is winding down, yet you’re reluctant to let the party end. In the official music video directed by Manu Cossu, Dua is portrayed post-rehearsal in a dance hall, fine-tuning her choreography under the glow of fluorescent lights. The play of lights against the room’s mirrors creates an optical illusion, intensifying the energy as it builds.
Collaborating with a stellar lineup, including Danny L Harle and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Lipa, alongside songwriters Tobias Jesso Jr. and Caroline Ailin, has masterfully crafted a funk-disco anthem in “Houdini.” The song narrates a magical and elusive romantic escapade, with Lipa cheekily confessing, “I’m not here for long, catch me or I go, Houdini” in the infectious chorus. The track takes an unexpected turn towards the end, featuring a captivating key change that sets the stage for a mesmerizing synth solo.
In the accompanying video, Lipa sets the dance floor ablaze in a rehearsal room, setting the scene for the song’s inevitable takeover of future dance floors. The visual journey begins with a spirited dance-off against her own reflection in the mirror, later joined by a crew of dancers with matching red hair. As the electrifying outro unfolds, Lipa once again takes center stage, showcasing her solo dancing prowess.
Dua shares her thoughts on “Houdini,” describing it as a representation of the carefree and liberating aspects of her single life. The track, she says, explores the playful uncertainty of whether a person is truly worth her while or if she’ll mysteriously vanish from the scene. Embracing life’s unpredictability, Dua looks forward to sharing the feeling of defiant bliss with her fans.