Has Lorde started a new trend with #NewLordeThursday?
Today, just one week after her “Green Light” release, she unveils Chapter 2 of her breakup story with a new song, “Liability.” Her full record, Melodrama, will be out on June 16th.
Her poignant lyrics reveal the fickle finger of fate in her relationships and the role that fame, her work and lifestyle play against her chances at achieving normalcy in them. It puts her in a vulnerable place, like an unwanted liability – a sort of hindrance, burden, inconvenience.
Yet, this drunken liability is her most powerful hook, and “it feels so starkly truthful…everyone knows what that’s like, to just feel like a f***ing liability.”
Despite her fate, she reaffirms the one relationship that she can always rely on, that she has control over, and that she can keep building on without defeat. That’s the personal relationship she has with herself.
In her 2nd interview with Beats 1 host, Zane Lowe, they discuss the tone-shift in this song from “Green Light” – one that is “reduced and heavy in a different way…in a great way.” She also lets us peer into the window of her lyrical epiphany:
I got somewhere that I hadn’t been before…I had this realization where I was like, ‘because of my lifestyle and what I do for work, there’s going to be a point with every single person around me where I’m going to be a tax on them in some way’…It was just this moment of sadness, and I remember it so vividly. I was in this cab, alone, listening to “Higher” by Rihanna because ANTI had just come out, and I let out a cry, and I was just like, I was like, ‘it’s always going to be this way. At some point, with everyone, it’s going to be this way.’ But the song ended up turning into a protective talisman for me. I’m always going to have myself so I have to nurture this relationship and feel good about, you know, hanging out with myself and loving myself.
Lorde maintains her youthful sentiments in her lyrical melodies, but also allows them to be bold and carry weight with meaning beyond her years. She owns a melancholic persona that sets her apart from other young songwriters in the industry, and her introspection leads to lessons of bravery and vulnerability.
Whether you’re 18 or 40, you listen to her, and you think, “This girl is plain and direct, but she speaks to these greater ideas of what I’m going through, what I’ve been through. She gets me.” Only for a moment does it occur to us that she’s only 20-years-old with decades of experiences (and lyrics) still ahead of her.
The viewpoint is such a youth to the writing…This song sounds so traditional. It’s this piano song, which is very new territory for me, and I really had this moment of, I was like, ‘a lot of teenage music is kind of expected to sound the same.’ And I was like, ‘you know what, I could be Paul Simon in this moment. I could be Joni Mitchell or Kate Bush; these people who were very young.’ I don’t listen to Wuthering Heights and think, ‘oh that was a young person,’ even though the lyrical perspective, you know, there is this kind of, this melodrama to it…I was aspiring to that level of young and old, all kind of combined.
Lorde kicks off her 2017 festival tour at Coachella in April, where she’ll dip into the familiarity of Pure Heroine, but also have the task of promoting Melodrama. No different from her music, she’s sure to to bring her artistic spirit and game to every performance.
She’s pretty excited, too: “It’s gonna be sooo sick. We’re working with the sickest people on the show.”
Are you digging Melodrama so far? If so, pre-order and stream below.