Lorde announces June 16 release date for 'Melodrama;' releases single 'Liability'

Last week, Lorde released the first single from her upcoming sophomore album. "Green Light" is taken from Melodrama, set to debut in late spring and the accompanying video also was released seeing Lorde take on a new style of music. While her debut album Pure Heroine (released in September 2013) was more indie, "Green Light" shines with electronic dance elements but still retains her detailed imagery through her songwriting. Now, Lorde has finally announced her album release date and unleashed a new song taken from the album.

Lorde took to her social media to announce that Melodrama will be released on June 16, 2017 right on the heels of summer, she announced via Twitter. She continued on with a link to officially pre-order the sophomore album which can be done here.

Lorde had hinted that new music would arrive in March and she held to those hints. Along with "Green Light" kicking off Melodrama, Lorde released the new piano ballad "Liability" via streaming services.

"Baby really hurt me/ Crying in the taxi/ He don't wanna know me/ Said he made the big mistake of dancing in my store/ Said it was poison," she sings in the opening bars that then lead to lyrics of a forced high maintenance love.

Compared to Lorde's previous work found on Pure Heroine and other stray tracks, "Liability" continues on a different path for the young New Zealand songwriter. Her debut work featured haunting vocals and riffs with atmospheric melodies whereas the brand new tracks highlight the evolution she's gone under thus far in her career. The 20-year-old is exploring new sounds with "Liability" stripping her to bare bones, something not yet seen from the songwriter.

As always, AXS will continue to update when more details emerge on Melodrama