Yes, even in this most uncertain time, the music MUST go on. After spending the last year hitting us with single after single – “Never Really Over,” “Small Talk,” “Harleys in Hawaii” and “Never Worn White,” Katy‘s finally ready to get serious – and “Daises” is our first “official” taste of what’s to come from her as-yet-untitled fifth studio album, which will be released on August 14 by Capitol Records.
In the press release the song is described as “an exhilarating celebration of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cynicism and adversity.” And that it is… an empowerment anthem, if you will.
“They told me I was out there, tried to knock me down/ Took those sticks and stones, showed ’em I could build a house/ They tell me that I’m crazy, but I’ll never let ’em change me/ ‘Til they cover me in daisies, daisies, daisies…“
“Daises” – produced by hit-makers The Monsters & Strangerz (Dua Lipa “Break My Heart,” Camila Cabello “Liar,” etc.) — sounds like the assured older sister to “Never Really Over,” but lyrically, it’s more aligned with her rousing self-empowerment anthems, “Roar” and “Firework.” This time around however, the message comes off more sincere and the production is a little less sugar-coated and a bit more sophisticated.
“I wrote this song a couple months ago as a call to remain true to the course you’ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think. I hope it will be the soundtrack to going for your dreams now… especially the ones we left behind,” Katy said in a statement. “Recently, it has taken a new meaning for me, in light of what the whole world is experiencing.”
The song may not be the most immediate radio-ready gem Katy‘s ever served up, but with each play, the song and its message steadily make their mark into your brain.
To be honest, right now is not the best time for me and a lot of people in the world right now. It’s very easy to fall into a bit of a depression. And so, “Daises” is actually doing the damn thing for me. I’m taking the timing and message of this song to heart and continuing on with my best efforts to stay strong. Thank you, Katy!