So, that derriere-revealing put up Lorde put up three days in the past, strongly hinting at imminent new music, wasn’t only a bum steer. Her first new music in 4 years has arrived within the type of “Solar Power,” a summer time single that’s gleefully self-conscious about being a summer time single like few current summer time singles earlier than it. She’s really messianic about being a pop solstice-bringer.
The cheekiest lyric has her declaring: “Lead the boys and girls onto the beaches / Come one, come all, I’ll tell you my secrets / I’m kinda like a prettier Jesus.” And certainly, the video, directed by Joel Kefali and Ella Yelich-O’Connor, posits Lorde nearly because the chief of a happy-go-lucky, hippie solstice cult — nearly a benign model of “Midsommar” — wherein none of her followers appear to thoughts that they’re caught carrying muted pastels whereas she will get to blossom in a daring yellow two-piece. (Being Jesus has its privileges!)
“Solar Power” will certainly throw sunshine into the lives of most followers who’ve waited an entire lot of solstices for brand spanking new music. And as a followup to the nice (and by now probably dimly remembered) “Melodrama” album, launched 4 years in the past this week, it’s about as radical a visit from darkness into pure gentle as Taylor Swift’s colourful “Lover” songs had been after the darkish “Reputation” (to name-check different Jack Antonoff productions).
Is it a case of “leave ’em wanting more,” although? After many of the tune takes place to a gently strummed acoustic guitar, the beat doesn’t really kick in until greater than two minutes right into a barely three-minute tune, at which level we’re already by means of with verses and choruses and onto a “Let the Sunshine In”-style coda (for anybody on the market sufficiently old to be a “Hair”-head). It feels extra like an intro to her forthcoming album (whose title and launch date stay a thriller) than what we’ll most likely find yourself pondering of as its foremost programs, or choruses.
However Lorde undoubtedly has extra expansive tracks to feed us that should final after the dancing, raft-building boys of summer time have gone.