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Lorde Brings the Melodrama on New Single & Music Video “Green Light”

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Lorde Brings the Melodrama on New Single & Music Video “Green Light”

Brendan Walter

It’s been four years since New Zealand’s Lorde took the pop world by storm at just 16 years old with her hit “Royals.” Since then, the singer-songwriter has laid low aside from a contribution to 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack and guest vocals on Disclosure’s 2015 single “Magnets,” a standout from their album Caracal. After teasing her comeback record last week, Lorde has unveiled “Green Light,” the first single from her long-awaited sophomore effort, Melodrama.

Written and produced by Lorde, Jack Antonoff, and Frank Dukes, “Green Light” strays from the minimalist synth-pop of the singer’s debut, Pure Heroine, opening with stark piano chords and Lorde’s instantly recognizable voice before erupting with a 4/4 beat and a clash of live percussion. Those piano chords turn notably house-y, while the vocals take on a clipped, syncopated meter: “Thought you said that you’d always be in love, but you’re not in love.”

Watch the music video, directed by Grant Singer, below:


Melodrama is due this summer on Lava/Republic Records.