After much teasing, Lorde’s new single, “Green Lights”, is finally out. It’s the first single off of Melodrama, her new album, due out this summer. The song, like the rest of the album, was co-written and co-produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff. Frank Dukes and Joel Little, Lorde’s main collaborator on Pure Heroine, also contributed to “Green Light”.
The song also came with a music video, directed by Grant Singer. You can watch and listen below.
In a new interview with pop star whisperer Zane Lowe, Lorde had this to say about the new song:
The song is actually about a heartbreak. And it's not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that. It was my first major heartbreak. And 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. I say, “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar”. What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, “how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?” And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.
(Listen to Zane Lowe’s full interview with Lorde here.)
Yesterday on Twitter, Lorde called “Green Light” “the first chapter of a story I'm gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin.”
Lorde’s last album was Pure Heroine (2013), which spawned two global smashes, “Royals” and “Team”.