For four years, we clung to the heart-pounding theatricality of “Green Light” and the cry-yourself-to-sleep piano tempo of “Liability,” repeatedly refreshing the onion ring review Instagram account for any sign that Lorde hadn’t forgotten us. On June 10, the “prettier Jesus” came frolicking back into our lives in the sunny, flirtatious “Solar Power” music video, radiating sunshine in a yellow two-piece and promising a summer of warmth, joy, and rejuvenation.
Where Pure Heroine gave us orange juice, Solar Power is already giving us mimosas on the beach and endless supplies of cocktail umbrellas.
“You’re all gonna watch me disappear into the sun,” Lorde sang at the end of “Liability,” possibly hinting at an era that 2017 us wasn’t ready for yet. Like photosynthesis for the soul, Lorde’s new album is warm, upbeat, and pulsing with a vibrant energy not found in its musical precursors. Where Pure Heroine gave us orange juice, Solar Power is already giving us mimosas on the beach and endless supplies of cocktail umbrellas.
Further describing the album, Lorde referred to it in a statement as “a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through . . . 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.” You can listen to the album for yourself, ahead.