Kylie Minogue Plays Guitar, Dances With Death, In New Music Video For “Dancing”

"I always thought I could learn routines quickly but this was different."

Kylie Minogue has just unveiled the video for “Dancing,” the first single off her upcoming 14th studio album, Golden.

The track is a departure for the Aussie pop star, with country overtones. “I promised my fans that I would be putting my heart and soul into this record and I stayed true to my word,” Minogue said. “I was able to do that, which was challenging, and fun, and rewarding.”

While it’s a different direction, she insists Golden is still “very much a Kylie record.”

#Lovers, on February 1st we will be #Dancing!

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In the video, directed by Sophie Müller, the 49-year-old legend sports a bedazzled cowgirl getup, strums a guitar, and even gives her own twist to classic country line-dancing—complete with a dance with the Angel of Death.

“I always thought I could learn routines quickly but this was different,” she admits. “However, by the time I had to dance with the Grim Reaper at the end I had mastered it. And if that’s not a funny allegory for life I don’t know what is!”

Minogue has gone through some personal heartache of late, including breaking up with boyfriend Joshua Sasse. She says that, like “Dancing,” her new album has a cathartic message.

“Life is not always a bed of roses so we should enjoy the sparkling moments when we have them.”

Golden hits stores April 6.

Zachary Zane is a writer and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, culture, and academic research. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate.