Our Lorde and savior Ella Yelich-O'Connor is back with "Green Light," in music video and single form. The first taste of Melodrama, the 20-year-old New Zealander's follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine, is a super interesting turn, trafficking in familiar layered harmonies and sonic depth but quickly turning into a peppy piano anthem for the majority. The album is due sometime this summer.
The video, featuring Lorde cathartically singing and dancing to "Green Light" in a city, is directed by Grant Singer. The visionary has worked with Taylor Swift, Zayn Malik, Future, Ariana Grande and Skrillex, and has handled many striking visuals for The Weeknd, including "Starboy" and "Can't Feel My Face."
On Wednesday, Lorde wrote on Twitter of "Green Light":
"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. it's 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."
Check out the Melodrama cover art:
If you'd been lulled into a Lorde slumber these past couple years, everything came quick this week. On Sunday night, a 15-second ad snuck onto New Zealand television, followed by a few more audiovisual breadcrumbs. "Green Light" was promised for March 3 at 8 a.m. in New Zealand/2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
It was quick for Lorde, too:
Lorde had previously confided that the new album's lyrics are "the best I’ve written in my life." She laid out the concept by saying, "Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record - well, this one is about what comes next."
The singer-songwriter is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on March 11. She'll also headline a bunch of 2017 festivals, including Coachella and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, then Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Free Press Summer Fest in June.