In addition to moonlighting as the world’s foremost scholar, Lorde has taken a long hiatus from the spotlight since releasing her critically acclaimed second album “Melodrama” four years ago.
And while the expectation of new music from the Grammy-winning singer hasn’t reached Rihanna-level fervor, her fans have been eager to hear what she’s up to in the studio or even in Antarctica – honestly we ‘I’ll take anything at this point.
On Monday, Lorde finally fed us all by announcing her new music by updating her website with what appears to be a cover art for an upcoming single called “Solar Power”. In the shamelessly cheeky image, the New Zealand singer seemingly jumps across a sunny spot, as the camera captures her from top to bottom.
Still keeping it cryptic, Lorde wrote next to the image: “Arriving in 2021… Patience is a virtue.”
As for what kind of sound we can expect from the new release, let’s all get ready for a song from the summer contestant, if the cover art is any indication. Longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff also appears to be involved with the single, sharing the image on his own Instagram without caption.
The road to get here has been paved with delays and disappointments from her fans, who begged the singer for crumbs after the resounding success of her first two records.
In 2019, Lorde announced that she was postponing her third album after the death of her dog, Pearl. In an email to fans, she wrote: “He was instrumental in the discovery that was underway. I felt he was leading me towards ideas. And it will take time and recalibration, now that there is no longer a shepherd in front of me, to see what the work will be ”,
Months later, she again updated fans to let them know that she “started going back to the studio” with Antonoff, teasing that everyone will have to wait a little longer despite growing impatience.
“I looked at some of your notes online and I can feel the (extremely sweet, EXTREMELY flattering) desperation returning to your voices,” she wrote. “You need it! The thing can’t come soon enough! I understand – I want nothing more than to give you treats, perfect morsels right into your little mouths. But as I get older I realize that there is something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to be available to you.
And in October 2020, she hinted that a new album was imminent in a call for her fellow New Zealanders to vote in the country’s upcoming election.
Now that she is finally keeping her promises, her fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate the upcoming release and have fun with the very memorable album artwork.
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