It’s been four years since this ‘melodramatic’ goddess shot us with Pure Heroine.
Like a true artist, and not one that pushes out records like commercial clockwork, she’s been working hard to get her story down on paper, form the accompanying melodies, and take the combined art form to create a masterpiece that depicts her story in the rawest sense. After dropping clues and teaser clips of an upcoming album, Lorde is ready for us to witness her Melodrama – the name of her sophomore album – with the release of her first single, “Green Light.”
Throughout the album, she will unravel her “first major heartbreak,” and this song just serves as the first chapter. We feel the anguish, frustration, and anger bottled up and released in an ironically joyous burst of electrifying pink.
In an interview with Beats 1 host, Zane Lowe, she described the irony in the breakup song:
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 f*ck, 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.
You’re quick to write off the tone of the first verse with sadness, but it takes us for an unexpected trip as it approaches the chorus and peaks with the “dancing in and on top of cars, on the streets, like no one’s watching” feels.
I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it
These feels line up with how she hinted at it on Twitter yesterday:
And it’s just like how all breakup stories begin.
Ch. 2 and Melodrama release date coming soon… stay tuned.