After teasing her new single earlier this week, Selena Gomez returns today with "Bad Liar," delivering a coy summer bop about those fiery feelings that can't be contained when you're crushing on someone new. The relatable track sees Gomez singing (in her alluring whispery way) above a sparse sample of Talking Heads' 1977 track, "Psycho Killer."
Songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, who collaborated with Gomez on 2015's Revival, worked with Ian Kirkpatrick to conceive "Bad Liar," building the lyrics above Talking Heads' classic minimal bass line. "Trying to play it coy, trying to make it disappear," Gomez sings, reflecting on those overflowing initial emotions. "But just like the battle of Troye, there's nothing subtle here."
Much like Revival's "Hands to Myself," the 24-year-old's latest is similarly sparse, but bright and blithe in its execution—contained in the same way you would attempt to hide a burgeoning crush, but packed with bursting energy like those sentiments you suppress. If "Bad Liar" is the prequel, we're ready for the next chapter. Listen, below.