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Gossip Unleash Dancey ‘Perfect World’ From May LP ‘A Joyful Noise’

New disc features production from Brian Higgins, who has helmed tracks for Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, and Saint Etienne

Though Gossip formed more than a decade ago in the college town of Olympia, Washington, the Beth Ditto-led dance-rockers have been stars in England since the full-throated assault of 2006’s Standing in the Way of Control. 2009’s Music for Men brought Gossip chart success in continental Europe, as well, but conquering Gossip’s home country has remained a challenge for the group. The first track from Gossip’s upcoming fifth album, A Joyful Noise, doesn’t attempt to compromise to please U.S. pop radio programmers who barely acknowledge guitar-based music anyway, and that looks like a wise decision.

Due out on May 22, A Joyful Noise swaps out the previous album’s producer, bearded hitmaker Rick Rubin, for Brian Higgins, who has previously overseen seamless synth-pop creations by Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud, and Saint Etienne. Accordingly, advance track “Perfect World” is taut, uptempo electro-rock, with soaring disco orchestration to match Ditto’s diva-level belting. “We could be more than before,” she roars on the bittersweet chorus, showcasing her distinctive pipes as “before” becomes about a million syllables, and almost as many notes.

“I spent the whole year listening to ABBA and not listening to radio,” Ditto says in a statement. Don’t worry, “Perfect World” is still swathed in plenty of piercing guitars and a pummeling rock rhythm section. But it’s also proof she isn’t kidding.

Stream “Perfect World” over at Gossip’s website, and watch for Gossip’s SXSW performance, which will be live-streamed on Thursday.

A Joyful Noise track list:

  1. “Melody Emergency”
  2. “Perfect World”
  3. “Get a Job”
  4. “Move in the Right Direction”
  5. “Casualties of War”
  6. “Into the Wild”
  7. “Get Lost”
  8. “Involved”
  9. “Horns”
  10. “I Won’t Play”
  11. “Love in a Foreign Place”
Tags: Songs, the gossip