The year of our Lord 2020 massively sucked for many obvious reasons, but the one thing that managed to keep me (and millions of others) sane was all the amazing music we got despite the circumstances! Taylor Swift released two albums. Demi Lovato made her long-awaited return to the music scene. Ariana Grande even whistle-harmonized with Mariah "Skinny Legend" Carey before the year's end! But the one female in pop we're still anxiously awaiting? Miss Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor aka our favorite brooding pop star, Lorde.
It has been approximately 3.5 years (and counting) since Lorde released her critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Melodrama—you know, the record that gave us the tear-jerking, perfect-to-cry-to ballad that is "Liability," the sublime dance track that is "Green Light," I could go on—but that's not an uncommon amount of time for Lorde to break between projects. It also took 3.5 years to get Melodrama after she dropped Pure Heroine. Numbers aside, the fans are clearly starving for new music.
The good news, though? Lorde has been feeding us teensy crumbs of intel about album three over the past few months, which I have compiled below for easy finding. Read on and learn what Lorde's new universe (possibly an arctic tundra???) may have in store for us!
What can fans expect Lorde's album to sound like?
Back in May, Lorde sent her fans a life update via email, revealing that she “started going back to the studio again” around December 2019 for the sole purpose of keeping herself busy. During that time, she made what she called “happy, playful” music. In the same email, Lorde said she thinks the album “is so f*cking good,” and she is “truly jazzed for you to hear it.”
What inspired Lorde during the making of the album?
Funny you ask, because Lorde has been talking about the time she spent in Antarctica a LOT lately. She loved her trip so much that it inspired her to make a 100-page photo book titled Going South. We can probably expect this Antarctica trip to have an influence on what the album either looks or sounds like!
“I realized after the trip that what my brain had been craving was a visit to an alternate realm,” she wrote in an email sent to fans in November. “Albums live in their own realms in a way, and Antarctica really acted as this great white palette cleanser, a sort of celestial foyer I had to move through in order to start making the next thing. In the plane coming down to land, I had this very intense bolt-of-lightning thought, which in all its eloquence was literally ‘DON’T MAKE SHIT RECORDS’, lol.”
Who is Lorde working with on creating the album?
So far we have:
In Lorde's email to fans from May, she said “Jack [Antonoff] came over to work in the studio in Auckland, and I went to LA. It flowed,” she wrote. “A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.”
Jack previously worked with Lorde when he co-wrote and co-produced Melodrama. Some other notable achievements of Jack's include co-writing and co-producing songs for Taylor Swift's Lover, Folklore, and Evermore, and co-writing and co-producing for Lana Del Rey's Norman Fucking Rockwell album, which earned an Album of the Year Grammy nomination this past year.
Exactly *when* is this album coming out?
The short answer? Not anytime soon. In a December interview with Blackbird Skyplane, Lorde shared that she's still carving out what she wants the universe of her album to be, and because of that she doesn't know when the record will be complete. Plus, with the pandemic happening this year, it threw off the process juuuuust a smidge.
“I’m telling people that something is taking shape. More than ‘taking shape’ — something is — there’s a thing. But, you know, I really take my time, and I like to know the whole universe, the whole cinematic universe for what I’m making, so I’m in that process right now. I don’t know how much more I want to say. It’s such a kooky year in terms of knowing anything about timing, but I guess with me, as an artist generally, no one ever knows when anything’s coming anyway…”
That’s all we know about Lorde's upcoming album so far, but keep your eyes on this story for any future updates.
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