Gossip, “Perfect World”
A Joyful Noise, 2012
Whatever scrap of indie sound that once clung to Gossip has been blown off amidst a gale of dance-pop synths and radio-friendly hooks.
Moving deeper into the mainstream realm, they have crafted another hit in the vein of Heavy Cross; the vocals of Beth Ditto climbing the lattice of her ever-reaching and powerful register over a wave of dramatic backing. It’s impressive.
The hook is killer: a collision of guitars, synths and that beast of a voice. A sparse and restrained verse soon explodes into the sweeping punch of the chorus.
It wobbles between indie rock with dance-floor pop uneasily, wary of falling too far into either one- Gossip doesn’t seem ready as a band to let go of their roots, but their music suggests that the hipster train has left the station.