It’s been nearly four years since Lorde released her debut album, 2013’s “Pure Heroine”, and in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show she explains the long hiatus between that album and her upcoming followup, the highly anticipated “Melodrama”.
“For me it was kind of about processing what I want to say next and I knew it just couldn’t be any old thing,” said Lorde. “It had to be really special and really singular and it couldn’t sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on.”
As she explains, being signed to a major label at age 13 and then releasing her first album at 16 to worldwide acclaim is heady stuff for anyone, let alone a teenager, which led her to move back to her native New Zealand for a year in order to get some perspective.
“It was good for me, I think,” she admitted. “It’s crazy when you are so young to be spending all your time in L.A. or New York. I think it can kind of f*** with you if you’re a kid.”
Now 20, Lorde says “Melodrama” explores such themes as becoming an adult and experiencing heartbreak, while living on her own for the first time also influenced the new album.
“I moved out of home and all of a sudden I was kind of figuring out, ‘Who am I when I’m alone?’ Who am I when I’m doing things just for myself?’ And I feel like you can really hear that on this record,” she reveals. “There’s definitely moments where it’s like, ‘Oh, she really went there.'”
The first single from the album, the just-released dance-pop track “Green Light”, was actually the first song that she wrote for the upcoming album, and she told Lowe that the song is about “[her] first major heartbreak… The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards.”
“Melodrama” was recorded over 18 months with co-producer Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and fun. Antonoff (boyfriend of “Girls” star Lena Dunham) is also one of the co-writers on “Green Light” — which is the #1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide — and she discussed how well they work together.
“[Jack’s] so wonderful and totally understands me and is such a great listener,” said Lorde. “And this stuff that we’ve made I just really feel like we’ve pushed each other to make stuff that is better than anything either of us have ever done.”
Check out this throwback clip of Lorde, then 16, sharing her feelings on why she’s so mature at such a young age.