Lorde Finally Makes Her Grand Return with “Green Light”

Lorde Finally Makes Her Grand Return with “Green Light”

Watch her comeback video right now.

Watch her comeback video right now.

Text: Jake Viswanath

After almost four years since her debut album, Lorde is finally back with a follow-up. The Kiwi pop princess just debuted her new single, “Green Light,” from her upcoming sophomore album Melodrama, along with its neon-hued Grant Singer-directed music video. And true to her word, the Jack Antonoff-produced track is complex, funny, sad, and joyous all at once, and makes us wanna dance from the first piano riff.

Just as predicted, “Green Light,” co-written with Antonoff and longtime collaborator Joel Little, is a bombastic pop stormer with a triumphant chorus and pounding drum beats, a far cry from the melancholy electronic flourishes on Pure Heroine. Her vivid lyrics about a broken relationship she can’t get away from and the song’s '80s spirit seem to recall a certain friend of hers, but Lorde’s effort manages to stand on its own, retaining the insightful wit and intimacy that she became known for. Only Lorde could open a song with a line as thought-provoking as “I do my makeup in somebody else’s car.”

“Green Light” is the perfect comeback for her, given how it makes multiple subtle statements about what she’s been through in the past few years and where she’s heading now. The song is outwardly focused on her need to move on from a toxic and hopeless relationship, a defiant beginning to her new chapter. But it also signals where she wants to go in her career, belting “I hear sounds in my mind, brand new sounds in my mind” as the chorus builds up to its crescendo.

“Green Light” is her literal green light in a sense to break free from the boundaries of her personal and professional life in order to build something new. She’s not letting go of her past, but rather, telling us about it in new ways. The video, shot on 16mm film, reflects this newfound maturity without losing her wanderlust spirit, as she roams the streets of LA with nothing but a rumpled purple gown and her trusty headphones as the sun rises. She may be losing herself, but she’s never been more free.

The song is just the first taste of her upcoming record, or as she describes, “the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last two wild, fluorescent years of my life.” Peep the album cover, a delicate and intimate painting by Sam McKinnis, below.

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