After four years, Lorde has returned, and her sun-kissed new single, ‘Solar Power’, is nothing short of a delight.
The track’s release coincides with the solar eclipse in the Southern hemisphere, and it’s a pretty perfect way to mark the occasion. The good news doesn’t stop there, and the New Zealander has also announced that a new album of the same name is on its way later this year.
‘Solar Power’ is like two songs in one. The first half is a gorgeous stripped back number, which is quaint and blissful. Then out of nowhere, the single erupts into a baggy anthem and sounds like a track straight off Screamadelica.
On the first verse, Lorde sets the summer scene: “I hate the winter, can’t stand the cold, I tend to cancel all the plans (So sorry, I can’t make it), But when the heat comes, something takes a hold, Can I kick it? Yeah, I can.”
Meanwhile, Lorde wrote in her newsletter about the upcoming record: “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.
“I want this album to be your summer companion, the one you pump on the drive to the beach. The one that lingers on your skin like a tan as the months get cooler again.”
Lorde’s sound has again evolved on ‘Solar Power’, the track bucks current trends in pop music. It’s not abrasive, it’s not over-produced, and it feels like it would be a hit in any era.
The Kiwi is doing things on her own terms as she takes flight on a brighter and rosier chapter than ever before.