On “Move in the Right Direction,” the alternative pop group Gossip conquers their demons in style. Singing “I have faced my fears/Now I can move in the right direction,” frontwoman Beth Ditto finds a fresh sense of confidence, emboldened by self-discovery and a new outlook on the future.
Though the band typically works within itself, “Direction” was co-written by producer Brian Higgins. Most Gossip songs are crafted first by drummer Hannah Blilie and guitarist Nathan Howdeshell before Ditto adds her flourish; this time, Gossip added another step to the process with Higgins. “It was definitely very different for us to hand over that creative side a little bit and then reinterpret it in our own way,” admits Blilie.
“I think we’ll try anything once,” adds Howdeshell. “Every time we do a record, I feel like it’s totally different from the last one. That’s sort of the idea.”
“Direction” is from Gossip’s upcoming fifth studio album, A Joyful Noise, out May 22nd on Columbia.