For the entirety of this week, Lorde will be taking over The Late Late Show With James Corden for a residency of performances.
The show has even been temporarily renamed and will, for one week, be known as The Lorde Lorde Show With Lorde. The singer, who has just released her new album, will be performing a number of tracks throughout the week, and has kicked things off with a performance of its title track ‘Solar Power’. Prior to Lorde’s performance, she ousted usual host James Corden and introduced herself as the new star of the show.
Lorde’s new record, Solar Power, is the much-anticipated follow-up to her second studio album, Melodrama, which was released in 2017. It is, at its heart, a summer album. But beyond that, it is an ode to – and in some ways a pastiche of – the new-age spiritualism of the 1960s and ’70s. It is diverse and sprawling in its scope, incorporating classic pop songs and 2000s R&B influences in the vein of Jojo.
Her performance of ‘Solar Power’ begins with a close-up of Lorde, which slows zooms out, revealing a sunny beach backdrop lined with two rows of her backing band. They are all kitted out in sandy suits and vintage instruments, evoking the 1970s style.
Lorde showcases her husky vocals and no-bullshit performance style, strolling around the sound stage as though it is her own living room. She seems more confident than ever – ready to take on the world.
The performance follows a string of TV appearances Lorde has made ahead of the release of ‘Solar power’. Last week she appeared on Good Morning America and performed her new songs ‘California’ and ‘Fallen Fruit’ live for the first time. Elsewhere, she took to the SummerStage in Central Park, New York, to perform a short five-song set which included tracks from Solar Power and Melodrama.
Solar Power is out now and you can see the performance, below.