I haven’t been this excited about an album in a while. I’ve hungered for new material from Gossip, and while their older albums have proven successful in maintaining my appetite, I don’t know how much longer I can wait. Their forthcoming album is set to release on May 22nd, and Perfect World is the first single off the record. I’ll say right now, the difference is definitely obvious in this track. For starters, there’s the presence of a very prominent, but catchy, bass. It counters Ditto’s sultry vocals quite well. There’s a certain 80’s feel to it (bass, synth, tambourine?), but I think the different sound can really be explained by the introduction of several different sounds and instruments. Gossip’s older work is grounded in solid guitar-drum-vocal sounds, with the occasional heavy bassline and/or piano. Ditto’s vocals are also slightly toned down throughout, which works effectively in showcasing the bands ability to counter her powerhouse voice.
The new album also began as a collaboration with Mark Ronson, and was produced by Brian Higgins of Xenomania.