She’s back! After a few years out of the spotlight, Lorde is back on the scene, bringing a new track with her. Green Light is her first major single straight out of her second studio album, Melodrama. Her first studio album Pure Herione, came out back in 2013.
While some of us still can’t get Royals and Team out of our heads, Green Light presents a welcome new sound, too. But the real question some people are asking is, why the wait? What exactly has Lorde been up to for the last couple of years?
Well, here’s what:
After Pure Herione, Lorde didn’t completely disappear from the music season. She was on stage for the 2014 Grammy Awards. There, she accepted the Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy and Song of the Year awards (at 17 years old!). She also performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with her take of All Apologies in a tribute to Nirvana. The same year, the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 also got a taste of Lorde.
In 2015, she featured in Disclosure’s Magnets. Her crooner’s voice is in the track, and makes an appearance in the music video as well. At the 2016 BRIT Awards, she also sang Life on Mars in a heartfelt tribute to David Bowie. “I’ll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes,” she said, recalling the moment she met the late star. “I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, and old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect gray suit.”
Lorde may have taken her sweet time coming up with Green Light, and the rest of her new album. But that was absolutely intentional. “For me it was kind of about processing what I want to say next,” she told The Rolling Stone, It had to be really special and really singular and it couldn’t sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on.”
I’m Waiting For It, That Green Light, I Want It
There’s a certain vibe that really sets Green Light apart from the songs from Lorde’s debut. The music video starts off with her looking straight into the camera, looking quite serious. But after the first few piano-accompanied verses, we get a pop disco sound to start dancing to.
The song – feeling like it’s been inspired in equal parts by Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift – isn’t an unwelcome change. In the tradition of musicians evolving their music and their artistry, this only represents the next step Lorde is taking.
If she keeps this up, she could give Adele and Beyoncé a run for their money at next year’s Grammys.