Patience is a Virtue

It’s been four years since she released new music. Fans were getting crazy, coming up with theories, expecting the latest chapter in their life. But the waiting has ended. She’s here, and she’s sexy, playful, feral, and free.

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Lorde was only 16 when she put her first album, Pure Heroine, into the world. Being a teenager in the music industry isn’t easy – people judge artists by the banal lyricism and lack of creativity. That case didn’t streak the young New Zealand musician. A fresh breath of ideas and words that sounded like poetry were the concepts that people connected with Lorde. Even though she wrote about things that already a lot of artists did, she had done in it a new way that was definitely needed in the music industry. Songs like Ribs, Buzzcut Season, and Tennis Court are the soundtracks of adulation to this day.

People had even more expectations when she announced her second album, Melodrama. Lyrics that people have identified with themselves, creative production in her first album, and a long time after releasing her debut made it even more anticipating. There was a lot going on in social media, her giving a new era in fans’ lives and finally coming back with a second chapter. Well, she didn’t let people down. Even better production (thanks to Jack Antonoff); lyrics that people quote a lot, confirmed that she has the idea for herself, and knows how to give people what they want.

Then she disappeared. Melodrama was released in 2017, and it’s been already too long for her fans. One of them even made a Twitter account named, “Did Lorde Release a New Album Today.”  Every day, there is a funny answer with saying in different ways: no. During that period, she focused on herself. Reaching her dream (going to Antarctica must be a dream, right?), leaving social media, and giving herself time to prepare the music. Then a new post on her “onion rings worldwide” Instagram account showed up (she is this unproblematic musician that feels most of the gossips about her, when it’s just about that weird account). Then Primavera Sound announced her as a headline in the 2022 show.

That’s why fans were making even more theories that she will come back. And she did. On her website, people could see the sneak peek with her photo with caption: Arriving in 2021… Patience is a virtue. A few days later, she came back with a new song Solar Power. Lorde communicates with her fans via newsletter, where she sends new information about her music and life, because being off social media makes her feel incredible. In the first half of June, she addressed one of those, and in that way, confirmed that a new album is on the way. On the summer solstice, she officially announced the date of release.

There’s someone I want you to meet. Her feet are bare at all times. She’s sexy, playful, feral, and free. She’s a modern girl in a deadstock bikini, in touch with her past and future, vibrating at the highest level when summer comes around. Her skin is glowing, and her lovers are many. I’m completely obsessed with her, and soon you will be too, she wrote in the first mail addressing the rumors about new music.

Lorde introduced fans to her third studio album, Solar Power. New music celebrating the natural world and an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings seems to be a bit different path in her career.

One of her fans commented: I won’t disregard the thought that Lorde started Melodrama in a city, where it’s night and different city lights fill the lonely scene. And in her Solar Power, it’s daylight, and everything is just lit from the Sun. It is a new chapter for her.

She had planned everything. A new chapter has already begun. A full story people will get to know on the 20th of August, when there will be 12 new songs with two bonus tracks.

New Lorde, happy Lorde, gives hope – not everything has to be as hard as it seemed to be in her first two albums. And as she said at the end of her mail: Feels right.

Anna Marek

Sources:

Lorde Official Newsletter

https://www.lorde.co.nz/

https://www.primaverasound.com/en/barcelona

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