After 2 years away from the music scene, New Zealand-born songstress Lorde, (also known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor), is back in full force with her dazzling new single ‘Green Light’ from her upcoming sophomore album Melodrama.
For those who are not familiar, Lorde first conquered the music industry aged just 17 in 2013 with her debut album Pure Heroine. This album won her a plethora of awards including 3 Grammy Awards and featured the record breaking single ‘Royals’, which went to No.1 in many countries including the U.S, thus making Lorde the youngest ever solo artist to achieve this. The late David Bowie even christened Lorde as “the voice of tomorrow,” and it’s not hard to see why. Like Bowie, Lorde has the uncanny ability to throw a multitude of random yet enigmatic lyrics together and, through her, they all somehow make sense within a masterpiece of a song, as accomplished on ‘Green Light’. The opening lyrics to the song, “I do my make-up in somebody else’s car, we order different drinks at the same bars,” prove this.
Lorde, now 20, shows development as both an artist and a human being on ‘Green Light’, especially seeing as it is a heartbreak song, a cliché she has not really followed before. Nevertheless, Lorde manages to deliver pure emotion whilst she dances around a moonlit street in the song’s vivid accompanying music video and even exposes a slightly dark, less innocent side singing “Oh those rumours they have big teeth, oh they bite you.”
‘Green Light’ might not fully match up to ‘Royals’, yet Lorde still proves that she has spent her two years off well. With this unique-sounding new song, its elated rhythm and Lorde’s distinctive vocals, other artists with upcoming releases such as Ed Sheeran should be taking note from this unbelievably talented young woman.