Exactly one week after Lorde dropped "Green Light," her poppy foray back into music, she's gone ahead and surprise-dropped a second single: a slow ballad that really demonstrates her range as both a singer and songwriter (Lorde and Jack Antonoff share the writer credit).
While "Green Light" is a defiantly upbeat breakup anthem, "Liability" is the ballad of the morning after. It's a poignant exploration of heartbreak, rejection, and feeling alone; the lyrics in the chorus-"They say, You're a little much for me/You're a liability"-will especially get you.
Listen to "Liability" on Spotify below:
Lorde herself teased the song yesterday. And as if giving us new music today wasn't enough, she also announced her album's release date: June 16.
It's interesting because I had this realization that because of my lifestyle and what I do for work, there's going to be a point with every single person around me where I'm gonna be attacks on them in some way. If it is having to give up a little portion of their privacy or their life becoming more difficult, or whatever. It was just this moment of sadness and I remember it so vividly.
I was in this cab alone listening to "Higher" by Rihanna because ANTI had just come out. And I had a little cry and I was just like, "It's always going to be this way-at some point with everyone it's going to be this way." But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talisman for me. I was like, you know what, I'm always gonna have myself, so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself. And the tone of the melody, the way it kind of falls around, it's almost like it's kind of drunk or it sort of leans around, it's got this hip-hop cadence to it.
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