Origin of Love – MIKA [music]
Looks like the boy who forever lived life in cartoon motion has grown up…a bit.
Maturity is front and center on Mika’s third full-length release, The Origin Of Love. But diehards needn’t worry: the poppy bounce and playful melodies are still ever present, as is a seasoned pop star with some solid life experience under his belt. Sure, he may have written a song for Madonna about killing a lover, but for his own album, Mika is all about the love. Look no further than the title track (not to be confused with the Hedwig And The Angry Inch song of the same name), where the singer manages to compare feelings of love to that of nicotine addiction and candy canes. There are or grand choruses, tribal chants, soaring vocals. Quirky yet sort of brilliant. In other words, perfectly Mika.
The album as a whole revolves around themes and ideas of love: having it, losing it, being ridiculously frustrated with it. And after his interview with Instinct earlier this year, we know officially know that a lot of the album’s inspiration was found in his current boyfriend. So has his public coming out resulted in different Mika? Not really, which in this case is welcomed news.
Though if he was going to have a “coming out” record, Mika made sure to really grab the glitter balls with pride by working in a Broadway sample. Except that “Popular Song,” which borrows the hook from Kristen Chenoweth’s now famous show tune solo, is more substance than schmaltz. Hip-hop writer Priscilla Renea guests on the track, which also finds Mika trying his hand at rapping, as the two wordplay around the bullies of their past — with smiles and jazz hands, natch. Never has telling off your haters sounded so…happy!
And from that great album, we feature you “The Origin Of Love Movie” as Mika likes to call it, a clip made my Mika himself.
A film by Mika & Cristián Jiménez. Shot in Santiago, Chile.
About the film, Mika said:
“This latest short film is a collaboration with the Chilean director Cristian Jimenez. After seeing his film Bonsai, this seemed like an exciting match. I wanted to take the kaleidoscopic dreaminess of the song and pair it up with Cristian’s more realistic, surreal and moving imagery. When making these films, I give complete freedom to the director we are collaborating with, in a way that is never possible with a music video. This short film was made in Santiago with Cristian’s close team and friends, and with a lot of love. I hope that watching someone else’s visual reaction to the song is as surprising and moving for you as it was for me.”
Here is what Cristian had to say on the project;
“I was very excited when Mika got in touch about this. The song is fantastic, it almost feels like you can touch it. I tried to do something that adds more layers to that texture. It’s an urban, very contemporary piece, with a bit of humour and touches of a fairy tale feel. I hope Mika’s fans will connect and imagine a broader world beyond.”