Keep an eye out for Lorde. The New Zealand chanteuse of enigmatic, dark pop is flying back onto our radar with gusto, four years after the release of her debut album, 2013’s Pure Heroine. Although she’s spent the greater part of the last three years out of the spotlight, the hype for her forthcoming sophomore album, titled Melodrama, is quickly building. We highly anticipate its June release. Lately, Lorde’s once-bare agenda has been awash with festival appearances, a surprise show, and a music video, and she promises to keep the momentum going.
Last month, Lorde — born Ella Yelich-O’Connor — premiered the music video for the album’s first single, “Green Light,” directed by Grant Singer; the song rose to the Billboard Top 20 within its second week. The song fits in perfectly with the theme of Melodrama, which Ella explains will center on the emotional rollercoaster that someone coming-of-age may experience during a party. The music video features Ella frolicking about in a definite un-sober state. In an interview with Zane Lowe, she mentions, “This is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess.” With clever lyrics and a unique rhythm, “Green Light” is a classic Lorde tune.
A surprise pre-Coachella show planned before the first weekend of the festival sold out within minutes after Ella tweeted out, “$20 tickets because I’m 20 and because I love you. Let’s get raucous before Coachella on Sunday night.” The intimate 10-song set, at Pioneertown, California’s Pappy & Harriet, contained mostly material from Pure Heroine alongside new tracks “Sober” and “Liability.”
We haven’t been this excited for a pop artist’s comeback in a long time. Something about Lorde fills the bubblegum-pitted, autotune-rife hole in the music landscape. Maybe it’s the youthful rebellion of Pure Heroine, or the low and smokey flow of her vocals. Whatever it is, Ella’s takeover of this year’s pop scene is just beginning: her upcoming festival appearances include Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Governor’s Ball, just to name a few. Watch her performance of “Sober” below and find pleasure in the idea that our Lorde is back.