The release of Katy Perry’s “PRISM” album is quickly approaching (t minus 22 days!), and the pop star has continued unveiling new tracks by releasing “Walking On Air,” a throbbing house track produced by Robyn collaborator Klas Ahlund, online on Monday (Sept. 30).
Following the trippy trap cut “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J, “Walking On Air” is something else entirely: a fizzy, chattering synth-apalooza with a driving beat and stuttering melismas that would be at home on a Basement Jaxx album. “Just when I think I can’t take anymore/We go deeper and hotter than every before,” Perry belts on the pre-chorus, which pulls back and floats in mid-air before the exuberant hook rushes in.
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Recorded in Stockholm and previewed earlier this month at an industry listening session for “PRISM,” “Walking On Air” was sonically inspired by Robyn –who supported Perry on part of her California Dreams tour — after Perry got the idea for the song while watching roller skaters glide through Central Park during a trip to New York City.
“Walking On Air” is the third song released from “PRISM” (due out Oct. 22), following “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” “Roar” recently became Perry’s eighth No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart, while “Dark Horse” debuted at No. 17 on last week’s chart, despite not being serviced as a single.
In Billboard’s latest cover story, Perry confirmed that the power ballad “Unconditionally” would be the official second single from “PRISM.” Click here for more info on the still-unreleased track.