Dua Lipa – Illusion

In this era, Dua Lipa is a visual serve. She keeps throwing bigger and brighter videos at us, and “Illusion” may just be the grandest music video I’ve watched in a long time. It’s like Lipa wants our eyes to join the feast, even as our ears savor the song and our body shakes to its bright cheery beats. Radical Optimism she called her upcoming third studio album, and she’s not wrong.

“Houdini” is a message to her lovers to get their act together before she ghosts. “Training Season” is about finding the perfect man rather than wanting to mold the imperfect to become perfect, so yeah, “training season’s over.” “Illusion” is about finally growing above blind love, you know, the type that makes you not see the red flags and all the other baggage? And well, I think that if you have reached the stage where you can shatter the illusion that often comes with falling in love or even having a crush on someone, you’ve just about become a master of the craft. So perhaps that’s the message Lipa sent when she climbed a tower of men towards the end of her Tanu Muino-directed video and emerged at the very top.

“I been known to miss a red flag / I been known to put my lover on a pedestal / In the end, those things just don’t last,” she sings in the opening verse, signifying her maturity through her ability to identify her past flaws. In the catchy and memorable chorus, she confidently sings, “Ooh, what you doin’? / Don’t know who you think that you’re confusin’ / I be like, ooh, it’s amusin’ / You think I’m gonna fall for an illusion.”

Speaking of the song via a statement, she said: [”Illusion”] was a song where I felt like lyrically, I got this radical optimism. I felt very strong in the moment when I was writing that song, because it was really seeing past someone’s bullshit, I guess, for lack of a better word. And understanding it for what it is and just entertaining it for the hell of it, even though you see what’s happening. When Kevin and Danny came together and it was the live drums and the synths and the big music breakdown, in my head the big dance moment, when all those came together it was just a feeling.”

“Illusion” continues the countdown to Lipa’s album release on May 3 – her first since 2020’s Future Nostalgia.