Yes, it's true: Lady Gaga is working on new music. The 28-year-old "Applause" singer just wrapped up her ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball world tour at the end of the November, but she's already thinking about what's next. On Friday last week, Gaga was pictured in the studio with industry legends Nile Rodgers (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky") and Diane Warren (Beyoncé's "I Was Here"). There's no word yet on what the trio was working on specifically, but on Monday, in an interview with Yahoo! Style, Gaga confirmed that she has, in fact, begun recording a new album. However, in true Gaga fashion, her description of what her new material will sound like is a little tough to decipher:
I want the fans to be surprised. But I will just tell you that it's a wonderful, soul-searching experience. And it's very unlike the last album in that way. I made that album on the road. ARTPOP was, you know, the acid-making record. And this record is like — my old self as a cadaver. And I'm just, I'm operating on my old self.
I see. Wait... that's a lie. I don't see. What is she talking about? We need to get to the bottom of this.
Let's take a look at what Gaga said, piece by piece, in an attempt to discern what her new music might end up sounding like:
"I want the fans to be surprised."
This makes it seem as though Gaga is trying out new things on her upcoming fifth studio album, and of course, I'm totally cool with that. It can be very exciting when artists push the boundaries of what's expected of them.
"But I will just tell you that it's a wonderful, soul-searching experience."
I like the sound of that! Music that is personally significant to the singer is always welcome.
"And it's very unlike the last album in that way."
Aside from a few songs ("Gypsy" forever!), I wasn't a huge fan of ARTPOP. So, moving in a completely different direction for her next project is totally fine with me.
"I made that album on the road. ARTPOP was, you know, the acid-making record."
No, I don't know. Does this mean that Gaga was dropping/making a lot of acid when she recorded ARTPOP? Or does this mean that we're supposed to be dropping/making a lot of acid while we listen to ARTPOP? I'm so confused. Also: How do you make acid? Is everybody making acid but me? Lemme head to Google.
"And this record is like — my old self as a cadaver. And I'm just, I'm operating on my old self."
Let's all just take a moment to acknowledge how truly bizarre this metaphor is. OK, good. Now that that's out of the way, we can talk about how Gaga appears to be suggesting here that she's making a return to her old sound (think: The Fame Monster) — but with a twist. She's "operating" on her previous aesthetic, taking it apart and putting it back together again in (hopefully) new and unexpected ways. Yeah, I'm totally cool with that, too. I've been waiting for her to deliver the sequel to "Bad Romance" for a looong time now. Bring it on, Gags!