A demo for Lady Gaga’s upcoming “ARTPOP” album hit the internet on Monday night. The song, either titled “Burqa” or “Aura,” is reportedly produced by Zedd and heavily samples the song “Still Love Trance” by Israeli duo Infected Mushroom. It has a promising start – a Spanish guitar and Gaga’s eerie confession that she’s just killed her friend – but about a minute in the song becomes the same kind of loud, pounding dance music that we’ve already heard Gaga do on “Born This Way.” This is exactly what I was afraid of.
But if you can make it through the noisy verses, your reward is a pretty remarkable chorus that builds to a stuttering electronic explosion: “Do you wanna see me naked, lover? Do you wanna peek underneath the cover? Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura?” It’s moments like this that you remember, “Hey, Gaga actually knows her way around a pop song when she’s not getting bogged down in being a total weirdo!”
A Twitter insider confirmed that the track is an early, rough demo, so if it makes the final cut for “ARTPOP” it could sound very different. I hope so. I have a lot of ideas for how I want “ARTPOP” to sound, and Gaga’s robotic voice chanting, “DANCE, SEX, ART, POP!” over a back drop of tired synths is not one of them. But who knows – demos aren’t meant for public consumption and Gaga could’ve gone in a completely different direction for all I know. I’ll try to remain optimistic.
Check out the “Burqa/Aura” demo via YouTube above. Does it make you more or less excited for “ARTPOP”?