As promised, Lorde has released the third and final single from her upcoming album, Solar Power. ‘Mood Ring’ was released last night at 7pm and precedes the imminent release of her third studio album this Friday.
The song is a summer-sweet choral ode to the halcyon days of the “early 2000s”. In the first verse, Lorde sings: “I can’t feel a thing/ I keep looking at my mood ring/ Tell me how I’m feeling/ Floating away, floating away“. The track ripples with the pulse of classic R&B drums and acoustic guitar, capturing the mellow tones of JoJo’s ‘Leave (Get Out)’.
“This is a song I am very excited about, it’s so much fun to me,” Lorde said in a recent statement. “Obviously when making this album I did a deep-dive into ’60s Flower Child culture. I wanted to understand the commune life, dropping out from society and trying to start again.”
Adding: “That really resonated to me when writing this album. One thing that occurred to me as a major parallel between that time and our time is our wellness culture and our culture of spirituality, pseudo-spirituality, wellness, pseudo-wellness.
“Things like eating a macrobiotic vegan diet or burning sage, keeping crystals, reading tarot cards or your horoscope. These were all things that they were dabbling in back then, and that me and my girlfriends are dabbling in today,” Lorde said, adding: “I was like, ‘I think there’s a pop song in here’. So this is kind of my extremely satirical look at all of those vibes.”
‘Mood Ring’ follows the release of her album’s title track ‘Solar Power’ as well as ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’, both of which were recently performed on a New York rooftop. Of the new album, produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antanoff, Lorde said: “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
You can listen to ‘Mood Ring’ below.