No sad songs here: Elton John’s new single is three minutes and 20 seconds of sunny pop.
The star released “Looking Up” Tuesday, along with a music video for the thumping, rock-tinged track. The clip’s colorful, splatter-paint theme – complete with impressionist doodles of the musician’s trademark looks, like his iconic eyewear – matches the tune’s upbeat vibe.
“Looking Up” is the first track off John’s forthcoming 33rd LP, Wonderful Crazy Night, due Feb. 5 (and available for preorder now).
John, 68, reteamed with his longtime writing partner, Bernie Taupin, for the upcoming album.
“I like darker subject matter, but I think that this time Elton felt there was enough pain and suffering in the world without me contributing to it, so he wanted to do something that exuded positive energy,” Taupin recently told Rolling Stone.
And Taupin says the album is self-referential.
“We haven’t really investigated since the loud, brash pop-rock we were doing in the mid-1970s,” he said. “I think it was natural to return to the poppier sound of our mid-1970s work.”