A week after the release of her single ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’, Lorde has shared the story behind her new album Solar Power, in which she – alongside her collaborator Jack Antanoff – describes how it transformed from an “a big acid record” to one of her great “weed albums”.
The New Zealand singer-songwriter appeared in the latest episode of Diary Of A Song and discussed the inspiration behind the album:
“The references are so deep, conjuring that slight sort of cult leader, ‘take the drug I’m about to put on your tongue’ sort of world… I say, ‘let the bliss begin’, like, I’m a maniac,” Lorde explained.
And when she was asked whether that line was influenced in any way by an acid trip, Lorde gave a frank and honest reply, stating that she believed she was going to make “a big acid record but I don’t think it was an acid album. I had one bad acid experience in this album and was like meh, it’s a weed album. It’s one of my great weed albums.”
The influence of drug culture on Lorde’s upcoming album has already been heavily hinted towards during the press run. Indeed, the music video for the album’s title track, ‘Solar Power’, appears to feature Lorde smoking from a bong made of fennel. She later confirmed that this was the case, and revealed that the experience is much more preferable to “your standard apple bong” and that it made it “a bit more chic, a bit more me. I’m sure if you hit it for long enough the fennel would begin to roast.”
Beyond fennel-infused marijuana, there are also a variety of musical influences behind the album. In the same interview, Lorde cited Len’s ‘Steal My Sunshine’, A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Can I Kick It?’ and Robbie Williams’ ‘Rock DJ’ as songs that made a big impact on the record. “I knew that I wanted to kind of incorporate the music of my youth, this kind of early 2000s sun-soaked thing. I was like ‘it has to sound like skateboarding’ and Jack [Antonoff] was like, ‘what am I supposed to do with that?'”
Watch the full interview below.