Lorde Returns With New Single And Video For ‘Green Light’

It’s been four years since New Zealand artist Lorde dropped her stunning debut album Pure Heroine, and we now finally have a new single and album title for her sophomore follow-up.

The single and video for “Green Light” dropped today and shows the lyrical growth of the artist from teen to adulthood. The lead track from Melodrama, “Green Light” was co-produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff, with the two musicians working together on the entire album.

Lorde poses, dances and runs her way through city streets, dance clubs, on top of cars, hanging out of cars, and in a bathroom, where Antonoff makes an appearance as a piano player. Wearing a fuchsia dress and Adidas shell toes, Lorde’s trademark dancing is front and centre, with the singer emoting through long stares and feverish hair-whipping.

The upbeat, high-energy musicality of “Green Light” is in stark contrast to the lyrical material, which Lorde told BBC 1 Radio Host Zane Lowe is about her first heartbreak. “It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, “How come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?” says Lorde. “And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.”

Lorde, who is scheduled to play Osheaga, Bonnaroo, the Govenors Ball and Coachella this summer, as well as Saturday Night Live on March 11, tweeted about “Green Light” earlier this week.

“Green Light” is directed by Grant Singer, who is best known for his many collaborations with The Weeknd, including the short film “Mania.” Singer’s most recent video was “I Don’t Want To Live” with Zayn and Taylor Swift, which Antonoff also produced.

Lorde’s second studio album Melodrama is expected to drop sometime this year.