It’s been four years since New Zealand native Lorde dropped her stunning debut album Pure Heroine and shot a breath of fresh air into the music world. The then-teen singer became one of the biggest artists in the world thanks to her haunting vocals and anti-partying stance, giving a voice to a generation of listeners who found the positive in being viewed as different.
Following the release of Pure Heroine, it seemed like Lorde was everywhere, from award shows, to festivals, to producing the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, to even becoming a member of Taylor Swift’s exclusive squad. Around 2015, we began to see less of the young musical maverick, with Lorde popping up infrequently to lend her vocals to Disclosure’s “Magnets” and in 2016 to pay tribute to the late David Bowie at the Brit Awards (watch this year’s Brit Awards here).
Rumours of an album in the works began stirring in 2016, with Lorde giving infrequent updates on her social media accounts before finally using her 20th birthday to assure fans that she was indeed heading back to the studio.
Now Lorde has been tapped to play a number of festivals in 2017, including Bonnaroo and Coachella (we think she would be a great substitute for Beyoncé’s recently vacated headliner spot). Then there was SNL’s recent announcement that Lorde would be the musical guest on March 11, giving more weight to the rumours that new music from Lorde was not far off.
An ad from Lorde’s native New Zealand featuring the singer snacking on fast food in the back of the car is rumoured to be using her new single as the backing track, with the full song possibly dropping by the end of this week.
The short snippet is a much more energetic and upbeat Lorde than we’re used to hearing, but we’ll wait until the full song drops to decide just how much we love it.