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Lorde has released the second new piece of music from her upcoming sophomore album and it’s an emotional doozy.
The piano-driven “Liability” opens immediately into heartbreak, with Lorde singing, “Baby really hurt me / Crying in the taxi / He don’t wanna know me / Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm.”
The beautifully raw and somber single, written by Lorde and Jack Antonoff, keeps things musically simple throughout its three-minute running time, allowing the duo’s poetic tale of heartbreak and self-love to take center stage.
“I’m really proud of this bit of songwriting. I feel like I got somewhere they hadn’t been before, which is always a nice feeling as a songwriter,” says Lorde. “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’s 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.”
Lorde continued, saying, “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 talismans 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.”
“Liability” follows “Green Light,” the lead single from Lorde’s upcoming album Melodrama. Lorde and Antonoff wrote “Green Light” together as well, penning the entire new album as a writing duo.
Shot by Grant Singer, the music video for “Green Light” dropped on March 2 and was inspired by Lorde’s ‘first heartbreak.’ Wearing a fuchsia dress and Adidas shell toes, Lorde’s trademark dancing is front and center in the “Green Light” video, with the singer emoting through long stares and feverish hair-whipping.
Lorde is set to perform as the musical guest on this weekend’s episode of SNL and has just been announced as the headliner for Osheaga along with The Weeknd and Muse.
The follow up to Lorde’s critically acclaimed 2013 debut Pure Heroine, Melodrama will be released on June 16.