Lorde has finally released her fierce new single, “Green Light” and it’s all about kicking a breakup in the ass. Weeks of teasers suggesting something new arriving on March 2nd from Lorde had been popping up everywhere prior to the release of the new track, and yesterday the New Zealand native came through on her promise.
Lorde’s debut album “Pure Heroine”, which came out in 2013, is truly homage to adolescence. With that being said however, her representation of coming of age in “Pure Heroine” never felt very childish or juvenile. The singer and songwriter, who was only 16 at the time, was praised for her unique lyrical angle and her mature ability to tell stories that feel overwhelmingly genuine through her music. Now, she’s back and she’s armed with a more “grown up” perspective.
Lorde wrote “Green Light” alongside Jack Antonoff and Joel Little, and she produced the track with Antonoff and Frank Dunes. In an interview with Zane Lowe, she explains that the song is about her first big breakup. Although the lyrics are deep and devastating, the song itself feels energetic and upbeat. In the interview she explains, “I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.”
The music video, directed by Grant Singer follows Lorde as she dances through the streets lit by pink, red and blue lights. Singer told Pitchfork that his motive behind the making of the video was to achieve timelessness. He used 16mm film to give the footage a depth and overall grainy effect.
“Green Light” is the first single off of Lorde’s upcoming album, “Melodrama”, a project that she has described as being“what comes next.” In a post written to her Facebook page on her 20th birthday, she said, “the party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world” in reference to her new album.
Lorde will be performing on Saturday Night Live on March 11th. You can also catch her on stage at several upcoming music festivals this summer including Osheaga, Coachella, and Bonnaroo.
Watch the music video for “Green Light” below and check out the album artwork for “Melodrama”, created by Brooklyn-based artist Sam McKinniss.