Earlier today, the internet went gaga over the comeback single from – you guessed it – Lady Gaga, and the pop diva has revealed that she wrote Perfect Illusion on a vintage typewriter.
Unveiling her new song on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning (September 9), the eccentric New Yorker explained that it was written with super-producer Mark Ronson and Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker. You can listen to the song below.
“Kevin flew to us from Australia and he came with this idea, that was the beginning of a song called Illusion,” the 30-year-old pop superstar told Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw. “I work on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth.”
“We stripped everything away,” she added. “Changed the melody, shifted it. I sat at piano, Kevin was on guitar, Mark was on the bass.”
Gaga has posted several images of her vintage Underwood portable typewriter on social media in the past, but this is the first time she’s confirmed that it forms part of her writing process.
The Paparazzi hitmaker went on to say that the lyrics of Perfect Illusion are a commentary on social media, and the risks of presenting an idealised version of yourself.
“I believe many of us are wondering why there are so many fake things around us,” she said.
“How do we navigate through social media? How do we look through these images that we know are filtered and altered, and decipher what is reality and what is a perfect illusion?
“There are also a lot of things on the internet that are not reality. And I think people are pressured to keep that personal illusion going on in their real lives.
“So this song is about raging against it and letting it go. It’s about wanting people to re-establish that human connection.”