Kylie Minogue Shines Bright In Surprise EP
I loathe waking up in the middle of the night. Most of the time, I can’t seem to go back to sleep. But it just so happened that my restlessness proved to be a blessing in disguise. I woke up to find that Kylie Minogue surprised fans with her latest EP, another joint collaboration with Fernando Garibay. Kylie + Garibay make a great team, receiving critical acclaim for last year’s Sleepwalker EP. Prior to this summer, rumor had it the Australian singer was gearing up for another release. A teaser was posted from Garibay’s Instagram that featured the pair in a club, quietly premiering a then-unknown song with Kylie repeating “your body” in a hypnotizing state. Now that summer is nearly over, Kylie Minogue surprised fans across the world by dropping the three-track EP on digital retailers.
It’s quite strange to bring up Shaggy‘s name in 2015, but here he is. The first track, “Black and White,” has a joyous sound. Kylie’s vocals seem to flow comfortably amidst a light tune though its lyrics are personal and seem to reflect the hardships of ending a relationship. The song transitions into what feels like an unusual trip to an anime theme song. Though it continues back and forth between light and upbeat pop music, the last minute shakes things up when Shaggy features while the song turns into a banging club tune. The video for it, premiering the same day, was filmed by longtime Minogue photographer, Katerina Jebb. The video, aptly done as a black and white film, is one of Minogue’s best videos to date. The promotional video has Minogue simply enjoying herself in the south of France, hanging off a tree, jumping into a pool with a veil and even doing cartwheels in the sun.
I was honestly not expecting this many features for Minogue’s surprise album, but Sam Sparro made magic on “If I Can’t Have You.” Though this tune is a match made in heaven for the radio, there’s a certain spark to it that alludes commercialism. Sparro’s voice complements Minogue, giving the song a harmonious and ethereal vibe. “Your Body” is a tantalizing, five minute track into the dark and sinful abyss. Giorgio Moroder speaking in Italian adds to the allure of the song, with hypnotizing minimalist lyrics and haunting synths that seems to make it one for a very late and intimate night.
Check out the video for “Black and White” below. Purchase Kylie + Garibay from iTunes!