Lorde Poised for Big Return with New Single "Green Light"

Lorde Poised for Big Return with New Single "Green Light"

What to expect from Lorde's upcoming record, and why it has the potential to be one of 2017's most important comebacks.

What to expect from Lorde's upcoming record, and why it has the potential to be one of 2017's most important comebacks.

Text: Jake Viswanath

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Lorde. In the time since she released new music Lana Del Rey released two lengthy albums, NASA discovered several potentially inhabitable planets, and Donald Trump became president. But at last, the wait is almost over: as confirmed by her teaser website, imwaitingforit.com, the pop star is set to make her grand return on Thursday, and in light of the past tumultuous year, her voice could be more important than ever. Live action teasers around New Zealand last night seemed to confirm that the new single will be called "Green Light."

On her game-changing debut effort, Pure Heroine, Lorde made her mark by becoming one of the most intelligent millennial voices in music. Her lyrics perfectly captured the wildly varying emotions of a generation, whether its the fear of getting older (“Ribs”), a celebration of our weird and precious friendships (“Team”), or the realization that we’re only royalty within our own universes (“Royals”). Her words resonated strongly because they were the most eloquently stated version of our truths, and at only 16, her future seemed limitless. Now it’s time to see where that growth has taken her.

Lorde has the potential to give blissful comfort from the past year, and she doesn’t even have to get political to do so. She acknowledged in an open letter that the album will address her own experiences of living into her 20s—moving away from home, getting her heart broken, and generally going through the same unexplainable shit that we all do. And while we can’t quite confirm the sound of her sophomore album, all hints (and recent snippets) point toward a big classic pop soundscape, a daring and exciting expansion of the sparse electronic beats that let her words shine.

Frankly, those elements are all she needs to make a difference in 2017. The music needs to be joyous, cathartic, and in her own words, designed to make us feel what we need to. The world is sorely in need of love in the face of divisiveness right now, and she’s in a position where she can provide it. If anyone is capable of distilling the jarring and ever-switching emotions that come with late adolescence and our fears about the world today into one cohesive and sensible record, it’s Lorde.

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