Mika announced the release of his fifth album, My Name Is Michael Holbrook, and debuted lead single “Ice Cream” on Friday (May 31).
“Ice Cream” aligns perfectly with the Brit’s discography of catchy tunes. Starting with a glitchy intro, it quickly bursts into a bubbly bed of bass and synth. “The swimming pool is laughing with its shining bright blue teeth/ Laughing at my body as it’s sweltering with heat/ The smell of colored plastic baking in the sun/ Sweet just like frustration, my senses on the run,” he sings.
The track was “written on a day of extreme heat,” as Mika said in a statement. “It was the last few weeks of writing for the album; a writing period that lasted two years. Through the writing I had confronted personal, serious and at times painful issues, now I felt lighter and freer.” The singer explained that it during a summer in Italy, he wanted to “run away to the sea,” or anywhere, really. “I dreamt about summer flings with someone totally stunning and out of my reach, I dreamt about the other person I always wish I was during the summer. Instead I was left with all the discomforts of summer heat. Sweat, work deadlines, bee stings, and all this with no AC,” he added.
My Name Is Michael Holbrook is due Oct. 4 via Republic Records/Casablanca Records. Mika will also embark on a European tour on Nov. 10.
Listen to his catchy comeback track “Ice Cream” below: