Lorde is back with the single “Solar Power,” her first music in four years.
Earlier this week, the pop star had hinted at the release with a cryptic post on her website. Flipping the script on her previous melancholy, the new track is instead an ode to summer and good times. Over the top of feather-light guitars and breezy production, Lorde whispers escapist verses, as she flaunts her figure, tosses her phone into the ocean, and proclaims herself as a “prettier Jesus.”
“Forget all of thе tears that you’ve cried / It’s ovеr / It’s a new state of mind / Are you coming, my baby?” she sings. Frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff produced the track, while Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers are also featured on backing vocals.
The track was also released with a video depicting Lorde on the beach in a yellow skirt and top, matching the song’s carefree message. Shot in New Zealand by her longtime director Joel Kefali, the video follows Lorde as she frolics at the beach, plays chess and sips cocktails, before joining her fellow beachgoers by the ocean.
The single is Lorde’s first music since 2017’s Melodrama. The track was announced alongside her third studio album, which will also be named Solar Power.
“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” Lorde said about “Solar Power” in a press release. “I made something that encapsulates where I’m from—my family, my girlfriends, my outdoors, my constant ruminations, and my unending search for the divine.”
Watch the video for “Solar Power” here: