Lorde had a summer surprise for fans and dropped her first new song and video in four years called “Solar Power.”
In a rare newsletter emailed out to her subscribers, Lorde said the album will be a “celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
The Solar Power single was co-written and produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff.
NPR: The sunny single, “Solar Power.” Accompanied by a music video Lorde co-directed with Joel Kefali — in which she appears centered in bright yellow, surrounded by acolytes dressed in earth tones, scattered on a beach — it’s the first single from what she confirmed today in a newsletter to fans will be her new album, also called Solar Power.
“Solar Power” celebrates sand, saltwater and “a new state of mind.” For listeners tuning in during the waning days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Lorde seems to be writing to us from New Zealand’s January summer, the host of a gathering that feels either years behind — or ahead — of the gloomy lockdown we’ve been living through. Swept by the track’s skittish guitar and Lorde’s nimble voice speaking glowing affirmations, it’s difficult not to follow along when she murmurs, “Are you coming, my baby?”
Watch it below.