Watch Sia and Kylie Minogue Dance Through a Trippy, Colorful World in “Dance Alone”

Sia is officially back in a new music video with Kylie Minogue, as the two icons join forces to show the kids that “girlypop” isn’t just a TikTok trend.

After first releasing the lyric video last month, the Australian pop stars dropped the video for “Dance Alone” on Friday, the second single from Sia’s forthcoming album Respectable Woman — her first solo studio recording since 2017’s Everyday is Christmas. If you needed an Australian pop icon to croon to you about the virtues of going out solo, here, take two and call us in the morning:

The “Dance Alone” music video features a quartet of dancers, all wearing wigs in Sia’s signature two-tone black and platinum blonde, as they gyrate through psychedelic, quasi-naturalistic set pieces lit with dazzling color. Director Dano Cerny previously worked with Sia on the 2019 video for LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo)’s “No New Friends,” a similarly surreal video starring Sia’s goddaughter and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler. In “Dance Alone,” the acid trip gets even more intense, as walls, windows, and bodies warp freely to the beat.

In the larger scope of Respectable Woman, “Dance Alone” seems like a direct counterpoint to lead single “Gimme Love,” in which Sia begs a reluctant partner to meet her needs, singing, “You don’t wanna dance with me/But, babe, that’s what I need.” Here, Sia and Minogue cast off any need for companionship at the club: “I just wanna dance alone, I just wanna lose my phone,” Sia sighs during the song’s chorus — and while we would prefer to keep our phones safely unshattered in our purses, actually, the desire to lose oneself in the joy of a full-body dance is something almost anyone can understand.

Minogue girlies looking for a fix after last year’s Tension and the Grammy-winning “Padam Padam” won’t be disappointed, but this is truly a moment for the Sia stans, who have been hoping for a full-length return to pop for nearly a decade since 2016’s This Is Acting. Sia previously detoured into filmmaking in 2021, writing and directing the film Music, which was heavily criticized by autistic audiences over the casting of Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic girl. Sia has since revealed her own autism diagnosis, prompting some to cautiously reevaluate the controversy.

“For 45 years, I was like, ‘I’ve got to go put my human suit on,’” the singer explained on a podcast last year. “And only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.”

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