Lorde previews her long-awaited sophomore album Melodrama with the release of her new single “Green Light.” Co-produced by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, it’s her first new single since she appeared on Disclosure’s 2017 track “Magnets.”
Swathed in electric pink mesh, the singer dances wild in the streets with a Walkman, sealing her kiss-off with a bang.
“The song is actually about a heartbreak,” she told Apple Music. “And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about … It was my first major heartbreak. And the song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, ‘She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar.’ What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, ‘how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?’ And 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.”
Ahead of the song’s release, the 20-year-old unveiled a series of teaser clips on a website named for the lyric “I’m waiting for it” that featured small portions of the video. “I am so proud of this song,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE. It’s the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin.”
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Lorde has yet to reveal the release date of her highly-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Pure Heroine. Following her debut album, she curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack. She contributed several new songs to the soundtrack, including her most recent solo single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” This summer, she’ll headline Governors Ball.