On June 16, Lorde will release her highly anticipated sophomore, Melodrama. In his Amazing Songs piece for first single “Green Light”, PMA’s Danilo Bortoli considered “Lorde as the ultimate observer of pop — a wanderer equipped with the songwriting chops able to dissect the world around her like few could.” Like with that song, Lorde continues to look inward on newest single “Liability”, a twinkly ballad co-produced by Taylor Swift cohort Jack Antonoff.
In a new interview with Zane Lowe, also released today, Lorde touched on the song:
I love the song so much and it feels so starkly truthful to me. And I think everyone knows what that’s like, to just feel like a fucking liability... I’m really proud of this bit of songwriting. I feel like I got somewhere they hadn’t been before, which is always a nice feeling as a songwriter. It’s interesting because I had this realization that because of my lifestyle and what I do for work there’s going to be a point with every single person around me where I’m gonna be attacks on them in some way. If it is having to give up a little portion of their privacy or their life becoming more difficult or whatever. It was just this moment of sadness and I remember it so vividly.
I was in this cab alone listening to “Higher” by Rihanna because Anti had just come out. And I had a little cry and I was just like, “It’s always going to be this way, at some point with everyone it’s going to be this way.” But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talismans for me. I was like, you know what, I’m always gonna have myself so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself. And the tone of the melody, the way it kind of falls around, it’s almost like it’s kind of drunk or it sort of leans around, it’s got this hip-hop cadence to it.
Listen to the interview and “Liability” below.