A decade into her career, Bonnie McKee is best known as a pop songwriter with a knack for catchy, inescapable hooks. As a collaborator of Max Martin and Dr. Luke, together two of the most defining pop-makers of the past couple of decades, she’s written songs for Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and other acts of similar ilk. Basically, if anyone knows how to get a song onto the radio and then into every fold of your subconscious, it’s McKee, who has had a hand in some of the most recognizable songs of the past decade: Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “Teenage Dream,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.”
It’s no wonder, then, that “Bombastic,” her glossy second attempt at a solo career sounds like an eerily spot-on echo of that style of bubblegum pop. Between the sticky-sweet verses and stadium-guitar hook, “Bombastic” is densely packed with the type of songwriting that appears way more effortless than it actually is. Naturally, there’s an over-the-top, ’80s-drenched video to go along with the track. Watch above as McKee squats, crunches, and scissor-kicks bombastically.