Sia has given fans an early Christmas treat, releasing a new song titled One Million Bullets. This marks the third single we’ve heard from her upcoming album This is Acting.
I’ll straight up say that this is my favourite Sia song since Chandelier.
The track opens on a warm electronic beat, gently anchoring the track as ambient guitars and soft piano floats up above. This is a really mellow side of Sia, devoid of the puffed-out balladeering on previous singles Alive and Bird Set Free. Subtle and temperate, the bare soundscape and intimate tones really do draw you in – particularly on the low, slow tones before the bridge, as her voice gently bounces with the slightest vibrato.
In true Sia fashion, the instruments pull back before breaking into a huge chorus. The uplifting melody soars with immense, glorious power, and you’ll want to play it over and over again. Tthis is Sia at her best.
Sia recently told NME that This Is Acting will continue along the pop trajectory heard on 2014’s groundbreaking 1000 Forms of Fear. She noted that last year’s record was “just to get out of my publishing deal,” but the success of Chandelier inspired her to keep writing music. “I’ve been super productive. I have [This is Acting] ready to go, and it’s much more pop.”
This Is Acting will be released on January 29, 2016.