Selena Gomez’s new single, “Bad Liar” is a summer surprise. Gomez’s vocals and their pacing seem folk-inspired; the spoken-word delivery almost offset from the beat. Things get even more interesting, when in her best wolf-like howl, she enters the refrain: “You’re taking up a fraction of my mind.” (In the video, notice the name of the school’s mascot on Gomez’s P.E. uniform.) The chorus layer is beyond catchy, complete with more unexpected gasps by Gomez, as she sings of trying to quiet those thoughts and feelings over a new crush, seemingly one who is taking her breath away. And by the bridge (“And oh, baby, let’s make reality, actuality, a reality”) “Bad Liar” solidifies itself as a standout single for Gomez, worthy of heavy play like “Same Old Love.”
The video, which takes place in the Farrah Fawcett-era ‘70s, “time travels” momentarily towards the end; when Gomez is in her bedroom, take note of one of the photos below the “Charlie’s Angels” poster in the background. Both the song and video for “Bad Liar” emit all kinds of refreshing surprises.