Green light – the first single of Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama is out now.
Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, was released 3 1/2 years ago. It served as the soundtrack to my daily commute to uni. Since then we’ve had some music from Ella, for The Hunger Games and her amazing collaboration with Disclosure, Magnets (click the link to read my take on that song). It’s no secret I love Lorde’s music, in fact my first post on this site references her.
Green Light is new for Lorde, it’s the closest to a summer pop track she’s had, however it’s still a Lorde track. Meaning it’s much more a euphoric journey than a summer anthem. It’ll have you up dancing wherever you are, however you’re feeling.
Green light is almost two songs in one. The piano ‘riff’ in the prelude to the chorus could have been ripped from a different track, we’re connected only by the consistency of Lorde’s distinctive sultry voice. Not many artists could pull this transition off.
Her lyrics are, as always, intense, relatable and screaming of our youth. Being a similar age to Ella, I find myself in her lyrics often. My personal favourite line in Green Light is ‘Those great whites, they have big teeth’, later reworked into ‘Those great rumours, they have big teeth’.
This track is about her first real heartbreak, and so calls to anyone experiencing heartbreak, be it in the traditional sense or not. In some way, we’re all waiting for that green light, whatever it may be. This track puts that absolutely shit feeling into something that’ll get you onto your feet.
Pure Heroine reflected Ella’s early-mid teen years, Melodrama will take us through the wild years she’s had since becoming an international superstar, all whilst still freshly an adult.
There’s a reason David Bowie took a shine to Ella. I think we’ll be hearing that reason soon.