Popping up online a few days ahead of its insanely anticipated debut, Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” has been made available for streaming. The song is the first to surface off Prism, and just as critics and fans had hoped showcases a new, evolved sound for the girl once known for kissing other girls. Much like Miley’s “We Can’t Stop,” the track strips away the Guetta-influenced wall of sound that has dominated pop in recent years and takes a much simpler, albeit more powerful approach. It’s not as much about creating a dance track from beginning to end, though your toes will be tapping in no time, but rather creating a fitting musical accompaniment to drive home the inspirational lyrics. Perry wants you to want to scream the chorus from the top of your lungs, and thanks to brilliant production she accomplishes that long before the larger-than-life final refrain kicks in.
Consider this post the official starting pistol of Katy Perry’s return to radio domination. The remainder of 2013, not to mention all of 2014, is hers to lose. Prism was already our most anticipated pop release of the fall, and with “Roar” the bar for the competition has been set not one, but four or five notches higher. The game is changing, and Katy Perry (Smurfette, as she’s sometimes known) is leading the way.
Prism arrives in stores this October. Comment below and let us know what you think of “Roar.” If you like what you hear, be sure to purchase the single when it hits iTunes September 8.