Lorde is back, and she is not disquieted astir a sunburn.
Just successful clip for 2021’s archetypal star eclipse, the 24-year-old popular prima from New Zealand released her feverishly awaited caller single, ‘Solar Power,’ connected Thursday — the archetypal sampling (or “first of the rays,” arsenic she calls it) from an upcoming medium by the aforesaid title.
‘Solar Power’ the opus — which arrives 4 years aft Lorde’s past LP, 2017’s Grammy-nominated ‘Melodrama’ — is “about that infectious, flirtatious summertime vigor that takes clasp of america all, travel June (or December, if you’re a Southern Hemisphere babe similar me…),” the vocalist wrote successful an email to her fans.
Co-written and co-produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey), ‘Solar Power’ finds Lorde urging listeners to “forget each of the tears that you’ve cried” implicit a shuffling, blissed-out groove that powerfully recalls ‘Movin’ connected Up’ by the Scottish dance-rock set Primal Scream; Lorde goes connected to comparison her cheeks to “overripe peaches,” which she rhymes with a committedness to “lead the boys and girls onto the beaches.” Indeed, successful the song’s video, which she says she changeable “with friends present successful New Zealand,” she wears a brightly coloured bikini apical and matching skirt to frolic waterside with a clump of pals.
Emotionally, ‘Solar Power’ registers arsenic a displacement from the gloomier worldly that made Lorde a teenage star; sonically it’s antithetic too, with acoustic textures successful spot of the whooshing synths and hip-hop beats that defined songs similar ‘Green Light’ and the Billboard Hot 100-topping ‘Royals.’
According to credits connected the streaming level Tidal, ‘Solar Power’ features backing vocals by Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo and drums by Matt Chamberlain, who’s played with dozens of artists including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Fiona Apple.
In her email, Lorde described her medium — for which she didn’t specify a merchandise day — arsenic “a solemnisation of the earthy world, an effort astatine immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I person erstwhile I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, heavy love, oregon confusion, I look to the earthy satellite for answers. I’ve learnt to respire out, and tune in. This is what came through.”