Lorde has penned a long Tumblr post noting that she’s back in the studio beginning work on the follow-up to her breakthrough debut Pure Heroine. In the post, the “Royals” singer discusses her mindset going into her sophomore LP and how she’s found major inspiration from Robyn‘s 2010 single “Dancing On My Own.”
“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,” Lorde says ahead of her new, as-yet-untitled album. “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.”
Lorde also talked at length about what she considered to be the “perfect song.” “The other day I was in the studio with some new friends, and I asked them which one song they would send into space, to live on forever, if they had to,” Lorde writes. “I thought about it for a while, thought about Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac and Nina Simone, but the song that came out of my mouth was ‘Dancing on My Own’ by Robyn. This song, to me, is perfect.
“It’s happy and sad, fiery and independent but vulnerable and small, joyous even when a heart is breaking. Every line is perfect,” Lorde continued about the Body Talk single. “We put it on right there in the studio, and I was up out of my seat dancing with my eyes screwed shut, and my hands up around my ears, and we looked into each other’s eyes and sang the words, and I could feel something hot and teary in the back of my throat just from FEELING so much at once. And I think it was then when I realized I’m going to be in love with music for the rest of my life. It’s going to be the most important friendship I’ll ever have.”
In addition to working on her new album, Lorde also attended the Met Gala in New York on Monday, or as the singer called it, “a wild beautiful fashawwn ball.”