Fans who have been waiting four long years for Lorde to release the follow up to her 2013 hit album, Pure Heroine, are rejoicing today, as the pop star has just unleashed “Green Light,” the lead single off her upcoming sophomore venture, Melodrama.
finally, here it is: the first single from my sophomore album, Melodrama… THIS IS GREEN LIGHT ❇️ https://t.co/chGRzjXdYs
— Lorde (@lorde) March 2, 2017
The release of the new track, which she collaborated on with fun.’s Jack Antonoff, was also accompanied by the song’s video, directed by Grant Singer.
“The song is actually about a heartbreak,” the 20-year-old told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 Radio show on Thursday. “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.”
Despite the melancholy theme, the song is far more upbeat than anything off her debut album. Similar to Robyn’s glorious “Dancing On My Own,” the track combines heartbreaking lyrics with a beat that’s made for the dance floor.
“It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously,” she added. “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.”
i am so proud of this song. it's very different, and kinda unexpected. it's complex and funny and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE
— Lorde (@lorde) March 1, 2017
Check out the brand new single and video below.