Lorde says she’s “getting closer” to writing great pop songs


Lorde thanked fans for the support of third album “Solar Power” and said she’s “getting closer” to writing “bangers” again.

Lorde’s third album saw the artist move away from the utter euphoria of 2017’s “Melodrama” to create something more introspective and delicate.

Speaking on the third and final night of her residency at London’s Roundhouse (June 3), Lorde revealed she had been ‘thinking about firecrackers’.

“It’s so interesting for me to see how writing a great, brilliant pop song was the thing that defined my life. This thing that I started trying to do when I was 14 because I would turn on the radio and I liked that feeling, what it did to me. It became like an addiction, I just wanted to keep trying to build the perfect thing that would hit you right in your heart emotionally, in three and a half minutes,” she explained.

“But I never thought a pop song would be the thing that would change my life. I was informed today that it was the ninth anniversary of the release of ‘Royals’. I remember being sitting in my parents’ kitchen, pressing upload to Soundcloud, I was in my school uniform.

“And nine years ago you started changing my life,” she told the audience. “And you told me that I wasn’t crazy to be obsessed with melodies and pre-chorus hooks. That in fact, it was a worthwhile endeavor for me”

“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to share these moments with you because, in my opinion, a banger isn’t created until the audience participates. You can write a great pop song, but you’re the one who turns it into that thing we all know is a banger.

She went on to say that while these great pop songs are “the guiding force in my life, the North Star I’m heading towards, it’s not always the season. You don’t always have the banger in you.

“We’ve had a really tough, painful, lonely couple of years and artists are taking that, and they’re processing it and they’re doing something that’s maybe quieter or more private,” Lorde continued, referring to his album “Solar power”.

“But the firecracker will always be on the horizon,” she promised. “I want to thank you for being so welcoming and wonderful on this tour. I’m getting closer to that zone again, where all I’m going to write is these kinds of songs that we’ll all be dancing to and that we will feel in our hearts Thank you for changing my life.

She then performed a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With You”.

In other news, Lorde praised Kendrick Lamar’s new album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, noting in particular the emotional maturity of the record and its attempt to deal with difficult subject matter through creative expression.


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