Lorde Shares Demo of Her Comeback Track, "Green Light"

Lorde Shares Demo of Her Comeback Track, "Green Light"

We have Florence + the Machine to thank.

We have Florence + the Machine to thank.

For the second episode of Rookie’s new podcast, Lorde shares an early demo of her comeback track, “Green Light.” In the voice memo recording, which she plays through her phone, you can hear the singer and producer Jack Antonoff improvising their way into the anthemic track.

It’s a fascinating look into the creation of a pop hit, which is so often left covered up. Lorde explains how going to a Florence + the Machine concert inspired it all, though not sonically. “I couldn’t tell you what it was, but her player did this big kind of jangly movement with her hands on the piano and it was literally the physicality of that movement that became the way that Jack played [the melody]. It didn’t come from anything musical. It was seeing her hands banging down,” she recalled, adding, “That’s exactly how that song was born. It truly had no other form. For any argument that said she went pop. That’s just the inside of my brain.”

Listen to the podcast and clip here. It starts at the 25:50 mark.

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