Green Light is here and it's a Pop on the Couch LORDEMERGENCY

Katie RamirezMar 04, 2017

Numerous songs on her upcoming release Melodrama, including new single Green Light, came from the dark period of creativity.

Waiting for new music from Lorde has felt painful.

Lorde's official video for her new single Green Light is here.

It wasn't easy to pick which song to release first.

"The song is actually about a heartbreak", Lorde told Apple Music.

"I am so proud of this song", the 20-year-old star tweeted yesterday.

When Lorde first took off four years ago, she was a total outsider: a precocious 16-year-old from New Zealand peddling brooding, minimalist electro-pop that stood out from the arms race of extravagant pop smashes populating radio at the time.

"Green Light" is ostensibly a breakup song, but it's less about the screaming match than the nebulous emotions that follow.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Mistajam about the new album, titled Melodrama, she said: "I feel like the whole time spent writing this record, I've had [Bowie] in my thoughts, I've had him in my heart". Instead of lamenting a lover in a melancholy synth, "Green Light" picks up the pace. She and her collaborators pull off all of those feelings and sounds without making "Green Light" feel like it was Frankenstein'd together from a pile of lesser tunes.

"I realised this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess". It's hard for anybody in this age of crowd-sourced coolness - the second anybody's discovered doing anything halfway unique these days, it's just as quickly commodified into a hollow "personal brand".

"The song is about the start of the previous year or so of my life", she explained in an interview with The Edge. Who is it that Lorde "can't let go" of, or is she even talking about someone in specific?

All those rumours, they have big teeth Oh they bite you, Thought you said that you would always be in love But you're not in love no more.

She explained: "I think I had that year".

Reflecting on the difference between LA, New York and Auckland, she spoke of her love for her hometown.

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