With over four years having passed since the release of her acclaimed sophomore album Melodrama, New Zealand-born musician Lorde has shared her highly-anticipated new album. Out today via Republic Records, the 12-track album finds the singer once again teaming up with her songwriting and production partner Jack Antonoff for a commentary on growing up, pop stardom, and summers down under.
“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” Lorde shared of the project. “In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”
Solar Power features the previously released singles “Solar Power,” “Mood Ring,” and “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” offered over the past few weeks as a preview of the project. The versatility of the singles themselves―bouncing from fun in the sun to spiritual connection to the way people change with time―is reflective of Solar Power as a whole.
With Lorde making her return after such a long stretch of time in pop years, she had a lot of built-up wisdom to share. The singer’s album process largely involves escaping the public eye to experience life and restock her subject matter followed by escaping into the studio to pack the narratives of her life into a body of work to be experienced by her fans. The formula has positioned Lorde as a sort of guiding light for her audience as they await the soundtrack for the next chapter of their own life.