Three long years after the release of her amazing fourth album Prism and one massive world tour later, Katy Perry is back with a brand new song ‘Rise’.
The record is being used as a soundtrack to Olympic coverage in the US and perfectly encapsulates the feel of the games. It boasts an uplifting, anthemic chorus that’s reminiscent of her massive single ‘Roar’ and the newly released video provides much of the same.
Directed by Paul Gore (Massive Attack, Amy Winehouse, John Legend), Perry is first depicted struggling to tame a parachute, being pulled backwards and getting tangled up in it in an aircraft hanger. She then finds herself battling against the elements in the desert but just went all hope seems lost she manages to overcome her demons and rise into the sky, just as the lyrics “don’t be surprised, I will still rise” ring out.
The song and accompanying video are a perfect metaphor for overcoming obstacles and never giving up, using inner strength and believing in yourself to become victorious. After watching it on repeat, we feel totally empowered to do, like, anything.
Although Katy has already said that ‘Rise’ isn’t the official single from her next album, this has certainly got us excited to hear more new stuff soon. She has registered many new song titles since the release of Prism; including ‘Crocodile Tears’ and ‘She’s So Creepy’, which are rumoured to be in retaliation to Taylor Swift‘s ‘Bad Blood’. Eek!
There has been no official word on when a new album from the star will surface, but we’re hoping she might surprise us with a drop sooner rather than later. Please don’t keep us waiting much longer Katy!