Disclosure recruited a crew of high-profile vocalists – including Miguel, Sam Smith and the Weeknd – for their highly anticipated second LP, Caracal, out September 25th. But it’s “Royals” singer Lorde who adds her silky croon to “Magnets,” which she co-wrote with the electronic duo comprised of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence.
Lorde premiered the seductive track Wednesday during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. “Let’s embrace the point of no return,” she sings over clattering percussion loops and throbbing synths.
The 18-year-old New Zealander talked to Lowe about feeling an instant chemistry with the brothers (Guy, 24; Howard, 21) because of their youth. “I feel like we’re navigating this weird world together where, like, we play a club, and they’re like, ‘Well, you’re actually not old enough to be in this club. We’re going to have to monitor you very strictly,'” she said. “So I feel like, for that reason, there’s some common ground.”
Disclosure recently told Rolling Stone about the intimate experience of working with Lorde. “She turned up on her own, no management or bodyguard,” Howard Lawrence said. “That’s the most equal collaboration on the record. You can really hear her sound — she has this sassy yet vulnerable thing.”
The brothers also discussed how Caracal marks a sonic shift from their 2013 debut, Settle. “There’s not any really club music on this one,” Guy said. “It’s all very club-influenced, because of the beats, but every song is like ‘Latch’ or ‘White Noise’ — a fully structured pop song.”
In her Beats 1 interview, Lorde also offered a progress report on her upcoming second LP, a follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine. “The challenge for me as a songwriter is, ‘How do I tell all these friends that I’ve made around the world how I’m feeling, while still making something they can listen to and relate to going to college and leaving home or whatever?'” she said.
In May, Lorde penned a lengthy Tumblr post explaining her creative mindset as she started work on the as-yet-untitled LP. “First records are like meeting someone and feeling that need to do everything, just in case for whatever reason, you run out of time, or they stop feeling the same way as you,” she wrote. “I feel much calmer, more comfortable in my love of doing this, and its apparent love of me, this time around. So there’s that.”