Femke Lippens

20 May
Music

Lorde Finally Breaks Silence And Announces 3rd Album

Just as we were already giving up hope, Lorde finally emerges from the dark since November last year. In a long email to her fans, the Kiwi singer confirms she began recording music for her third album in December 2019.

In the email, she mentions her experience with the lockdown in New-Zealand, overcoming her social media addiction, and needing time to progress the death of her dog. Lorde dropped all work-related activities because, according to her, her dog was “essential” to create her new album.

“The first three months of this year started as a blur and began to sharpen. It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me. The dreamy warm time of year I normally love so much — the beaches and the green fields — it all felt hollow without my boy beside me.”

Lorde attached many pictures in her mail, including some self-portraits

Lorde 3.0

Lorde then confirms she has been working on a new album since last year to distract herself: “I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out. Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening. It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack [Antanoff] and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything.”

Her last album, Melodrama, came out in 2017. As Lorde is only 23 years old herself, she grew up along with her fans, making records that depicted the changes her fans were going through as well. People on Twitter are already calling it the new album to get through their transition into adult life.

Patience

Jack Antonoff, who produced her previous albums, will reprise his role as co-producer for this project. She hasn’t confirmed a release date yet, but wrote that she will still need more time to make it perfect:

“As I get older, I realize there’s something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you. You could have something of lesser quality much faster, but as the high-quality thing comes into fruition, a warm feeling grows inside you. In my opinion, the greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time. So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive. Enjoy the sensation as it builds. I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colors now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means.”

So, we’re going to have to be patient. Until then, we’ll be relistening her previous albums on repeat.

You can read Lorde’s full mail via Twitter.

Lorde includes a picture of Jack Antanoff, who produced 'Melodrama'

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