Finally, she’s making the comeback we’ve all been waiting for. Lorde is set to release her third album, Solar Power, this Summer. The announcement was made early this month, along with the arrival of the album’s first and titular single. Additionally, “Solar Power” was accompanied by the cheeky, jubilant Solar Power cover photo. Taken from beneath Lorde herself as she was sprawling the air, mid-leap, over the beach.
While a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Lorde explained the picture. “For those who don’t know, it is my butt kinda from below, and I’m in a bikini, so it’s a little hardcore, but it was so joyful to me.” She continued, “It felt innocent and playful and a little bit feral and sexy.”
Solar Power will arrive just over four years since her sophomore LP, Melodrama. Fans, here is Everything We Know About Lorde’s New Album. From guest appearances, to album release dates, tour dates, and more, we’re here to fully prepare you for Lorde szn. A return we’ve all been waiting for, from the experimental pop artist who first won our hearts over eight years ago.
When is Lorde’s new album coming out?
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, will release Solar Power on August 20th. That means, we’ll have the new Lorde album to help us get through our end of summer blues. The time between Melodrama and Solar Power will resemble the number of years between Melodrama and Pure Heroine, four.
Lorde may continue to take long lengths of time between her albums. This aligns with her consistent retreats from fame after touring in promotion of her new albums. But we think it should take as long as it takes for Lorde to execute her vision, her truest expression of the art.
According to Lorde, the album will not be coming out in CD. She details this decision in her “Summer Solstice” newsletter:
Lorde’s Solar Power track list:
01 The Path
02 Solar Power
04 Stoned in the Nail Salon
05 Fallen Fruit
06 Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)
07 The Man with An Axe
09 Big Star
10 Leader of a New Regime
11 Mood Ring
12 Oceanic Feeling
+ Two bonus tracks, TBA
Who has Lorde been working with on her new album?
A better question: who hasn’t Lorde been working on to produce her new album Solar Power? Let’s begin with the lead single. “Solar Power” was co-written by Jack Antonoff, Lorde’s main collaborator on the Grammy nominated Melodrama. “Solar Power” features vocals from singers Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo. You can check out the lead single, the pop acoustic sunny slow-burner, below.
In addition to production from Jack Antonoff, Lorde has also been working with American producer Malay—perhaps best known for his work with Frank Ocean on Blonde. Malay told Reverb last year: “I’ve been heavily on the new Lorde project.” Malay also produced three tracks on Melodrama.
He continued, “we actually started from zero together, which is really unique and fun. But like I said, she’s another one of those, like a Frank Ocean, where she has an insane vision, and she is not going to compromise whatsoever. So that’s why I said it could be some time, especially because of the pandemic, and she’s in New Zealand.”
Who else will appear on Lorde’s new album Solar Power? Considering her location during the pandemic, a large period of writing and producing Solar Power, we anticipate the list of guests to be short. Most likely, those appearing on Solar Power will be individuals Lorde has worked with in the past.
Where has Lorde been since 2017’s Melodrama?
In the time between Melodrama and the announcement of Solar Power, Lorde has upheld her reputation of privacy and retreat from the limelight. After touring Melodrama, a worldwide stint that ended in November 2018, Lorde shortly stepped away from performances and awards shows. She didn’t perform the Grammys, even with Melodrama up for Best Album. She spent time with her dog Pearl, who unfortunately passed the following year.
There was almost no time at all between the Melodrama world tour and Lorde beginning the process of writing her third record. But it was the passing of Pearl, followed by the pandemic, that immensely slowed her down. Fortunately, Lorde was able to spend a lot of this interim mourning period in extreme nature—an experience which surfaced in the making of Solar Power.
Lorde stated in her fan newsletter, “Albums live in their own realms in a way, and Antarctica really acted as this great white palette cleanser, a sort of celestial foyer I had to move through in order to start making the next thing. In the plane coming down to land, I had this very intense bolt-of-lightning thought, which in all its eloquence was literally ‘DON’T MAKE SHIT RECORDS’, lol.”
When is Lorde going on tour?
Lorde will go on tour to promote Solar Power in 2022. The 2022 Solar Power headlining tour will begin in February and take Lorde through Australia and New Zealand. Lorde’s U.S concerts will kick off in the Spring, with a show in Nashville at the famed Opry House.
Find more Lorde tour dates and ticket info here. For some fans, it’s been almost four years since last seeing Lorde in concert. If you’ve had a chance to see her in the past, you know a Lorde concert is one that never disappoints. From the very beginning of her career, Lorde’s onstage presence has been an enigma. Raw, bottled emotion, night after night of pop performances. Who in the mainstream music realm has the mood, the ability to brood, like Lorde?
We are so, so happy she’s back. The album arrives this summer. And in less than a year, we’ll be able to see Lorde live.