Yikes, I was scared at first because the opening scene in Lorde’s new video looks like something out of M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming horror movie “Old.” But then she starts singing about girls dancing in the sand, and I realized the two are not connected.
Lorde has provided scattered updates on new music since releasing Melodrama in June 2017. In late 2019, she explained that she paused her work due to the death of her dog Pearl. By the spring of 2020, Lorde told fans she was working with Jack Antonoff in Auckland and Los Angeles, describing the music as “so fucking good.” This album took a bit longer to release because Lorde and Antonoff two had been splitting their time between Lorde’s home in New Zealand and Los Angeles before coronavirus safety measures made travel impossible.
The single entitled “Solar Power,” same as the new album’s name, comes after cover art for the forthcoming album was released earlier this week, which features the 24-year-old singer springing over a camera on the ground, without underwear. Why? Who knows and I spent far too long looking to see if maybe there was some kind of tiny thong there, but I don’t see it.
Seeing the solar-powered light
In listening to “Solar Power,” my first thought is that the lyrics are definitely Lorde, but the feeling of the music seems different than what she has released in the past. This seems lighter, happier, and her look is lighter and happier. She looks relaxed, dancing around in that yellow dress along the coastline. I really love the new track, more than other songs I’ve heard from her in the past.
Being a dog owner myself, I totally understand the need for time spent crying and grieving when one of our fur family dies. So, whatever she needed to do after her dog died, I’m glad she did it.