Lorde admits smoking bong in new Solar Power music video and … Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:00:00 +0100-In her much-anticipated follow-up from 2017's critically adored Melodrama, the New Zealand performer confesses what I imagine a few million others have been …
In her much-anticipated follow-up from 2017’s critically adored Melodrama, the New Zealand performer confesses what I imagine a few million others have been thinking for the past six months: “I hate the winter/ Can’t stand the cold/ I tend to cancel all the plans.” Who among us, right?
That’s all to say, Lorde knew what she was doing when she released a song like “Solar Power” only days before the coming equinox, just as legions of cooped-up WFH vampires peer out from behind their laptop screens. The snow has thawed, the days are longer, temps are rising, everyone is dying to un-social distance like it’s 2019. It is summer 2021 and we’re all Angela Bassett at a resort getting our collective groove(s) back. Enter: Lorde.
Looking like a fourth Haim sister in the “Solar Power” video, all long, middle-parted hair and West Coast-ready midriff, Ella Yelich-O’Connor frolics about an island beach and dances with a crew of Midsommar-looking extras. The track itself starts mellow and bare, letting Lorde’s crisply cool alto do the heavy lifting, before rising into a lush, harmony-driven crescendo. Its lyrics, meanwhile, are filled with invitations to share in Lorde’s idyllic paradise, classic hip-hop bars (“Can I kick it? Yeah, I can”) and the singer’s cheeky (and instantly iconic) claim that she’s “kinda like a prettier Jesus” (expect that to show up in multiple Bumble bios in three… two…).
As refreshing and of-the-moment as “Solar Power” looks and sounds, it’s also entrenched in a familiar pop move: finding a new way to express a universal feeling. This might as well be Lorde’s “Kokomo”, or her channeling Mariah Carey’s seaside video for “Honey”, or Aaliyah gyrating around the Bahamas in “Rock the Boat”. In pop music, you can never go wrong celebrating warm weather (even Lana Dey Rey’s moodier “Summertime Sadness” qualifies). But after a pandemic year, not to mention the emotional heft of an album like Melodrama, a summer breeze feels like a lovely new chapter for Lorde – and the rest of us.
Lorde, Solar Power review: A sun-splashed and of-the-moment return Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:00:00 +0100-The Grammy winner also said she voted "Yes" in last year's cannabis referendum.
Lorde has released her new single Solar Power, but is it good?
To add to Lorde's big day of releases with her first music single since 2017, the 24-year-old Kiwi singer has revealed she voted yes in New Zealand's cannabis referendum, and still can't drive.
The five time Grammy winner spoke to ZM's Bree & Clint this afternoon as her new single Solar Power hit the airwaves. It is the first new music from her since 2017's Melodrama.
One topic of discussion was the film clip for the new single, which is set on an anonymous Kiwi beach.
Amid lots of laughs, Lorde admitted she was smoking a bong of sorts in the music video – a fennel bulb.
“Yes I am. I took your standard apple bong and made it a bit more chic, a bit more me,” she said.
“I'm sure if you hit it for long enough the fennel would begin to roast.”
This then led into a query about last year's unsuccessful New Zealand referendum to legalise cannabis.
The singer thought which way she voted should be obvious.
“Oh my god, are you kidding? Everyone knows it's a yes.”
Bree & Clint then grilled Lorde on her attempts to get her driver's licence, which were underway at the time her last album Melodrama dropped in 2017.
“I didn't get it [driver's license]. I didn't get it guys. I didn't fail it, I just haven't taken it. It's very naughty. Every year it's my new year's resolution and every year it gets pushed out another year. It's only because I'm busy. I'm so busy.
“Everyone can drive, except for me.
“I'm pretty good I can drive. I just don't practise that much. I think it's just knowing who goes at intersections. Is it me? Is it them? I am pretty good.”
But one thing Lorde didn't want to reveal was the location of the picturesque beach on which Solar Power was filmed.
“I don't want to disclose the location because it's just so beautiful I don't want everyone to go there and mess it up,” she said.
“You know everyone has that beach in New Zealand that's just their secret spot, they just love to go to every summer. I am a fisherman and it's in me not to reveal the spot.”
The song Solar Power has already shot beyond 1 million views on Youtube on its release day.
Lorde said despite some people believing the theme of the song to have an intentional post-Covid summertime message – it was actually written years ago.
“A lot of people have been like, 'is this a pandemic related pop song?' And I've been like, 'No, we actually wrote it like two years ago but it feels so right for this moment weirdly.”
Kiwi star Ella Yelich-O'Connor delighted fans earlier this week when she released the artwork for her new single, Solar Power. The song is the title track from her third album which doesn't yet have a release date.
The revealing artwork showed the 24-year-old baring her backside, and it quickly went viral online.
Speaking to Triple J Breakfast, Lorde said about the cheeky photo: “It is funny, I keep thinking, 'Oh, this person that I know has seen my butt'.”
You can listen to Lorde's new song below.
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– June 11, 2021
Lorde Solar Power review A sunsplashed and ofthemoment return