Lorde is back. The pop princess returned from the depths of her recording studio sessions to release “Green Light” on Thursday. The new, piano heavy dance tune is the first piece of new music from the New Zealand singer since 2013’s Pure Heroine. Okay so she did appear on a few of the Hunger Games soundtracks and made a cameo on Disclosure’s 2015 single in “Magnets,” but “Green Light” is really the first piece of music coming out of her own now post-teenage soul.
The now 20-year-old stopped by the Beats1 radio show on Thursday to talk with Zane Lowe about the first taste of new music from her upcoming LP, Melodrama, in addition to sharing some other stories which her fans may find interesting. So here are four things we learned from the rare interview with the Pure Heroine songstress.
She’s taken the past few years make discovering herself a main priority
It’s definitely been a minute since Lorde fans have heard much at all from one of the most famous breakout names in music in recent memory. It’s important to remember that Lorde was just 17 when “Royals” took over the radio airwaves and launched the then-unknown artist from Middle Earth into superstardom. Those late teen years can be interesting and difficult to navigate sometimes, and Lorde made sure not to rush out any of her art while she was still figuring out her own life.
In the interview she mentioned, “It’s been a couple of years since I put anything out, and really at least a couple years where I just dropped off the radar. For me it was about processing what I wanted to say next and I knew it couldn’t just be any old thing, it had to be really special and really singular. There was a lot of discovery that went on.”
Her and pop music hot shot Jack Antonoff became musical BFFs
Lorde worked with producer Joel Little for most of the music on Pure Heroine, but for this album she teamed up with Fun. and Bleachers member Jack Antonoff, whose songwriting credits include Taylor Swift’s “Into The Woods” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” to name a few. Lorde mentioned her new collaborator saying, “Amazing songwriter and just an amazing person. We’re totally best friends and family at this point. We spent 18 months everyday together working on this record in his house. It’s just such a collaborative thing with him, he’s so wonderful and totally understands me.”
Lorde was very hands on with the production for every song on the upcoming album
It’s not very often when recording artists within top 40 pop have such a big role on the production side of an entire album. You’ll typically find production credits going to various and mostly unknown songwriters in pop album liner notes, but the young singer-songwriter wanted to make sure she played a big part in every track on her upcoming LP.
“The production thing was a big thing for me on this record,” she mentioned. “I’m a producer on every song, and this song in particular took a long time to sort of craft what is was and my role as a producer was I’m an editor. I’ll pull that away or push that forward, and when I listen to this it’s sort of cool for me, like, ‘Oh god that’s what I can do now!’”
“Green Light” is about heartbreak
When talking with Zane about breaking down "Green Light," Lorde spoke on how the meaning behind her new single was uncharted territory for the young singer.
“This song is actually about a heartbreak, and it’s not something that I really am used to writing about," she mentioned. "It took me a while to figure out how to write about that. It was my first major heartbreak, and this song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and all the silly little things that you gravitate towards.”
The entire interview can be heard in the stream below.