It’s almost been three years since Lorde released her debut LP Pure Heroine, a dream-pop, electronica album which placed her among the stars. Lorde has been writing music since she was young and signed her first record deal in her early teens. Her first EP, The Love Club, debuted at No. 2 spot in both New Zealand and Australia. Pure Heroine was more than we could have ever imagined to come from a voice so new to the American music industry, but she amazed us nonetheless, producing five hit singles, and coherent masterpiece on the whole. Even David Bowie wasn’t shy to express his admiration for Lorde by calling her the “future of music”.
So, where is Lorde on her highly anticipated sophomore record?
Well, one pushy (and apparently impatient) fan, left Lorde this not-so-nice comment on an Instagram photo of the artist enjoying herself on vacation last week: “Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?”
And thanks to this one fan (perhaps getting a little bit under Lorde’s skin), we received the “straight from the source” confirmation many of us have been waiting to hear: Lorde’s next album is closer to completion than we thought. Check out Lorde’s full response to the fan’s comment below:
In terms of music production, we think this means she is in the editing/mixing stages of her upcoming album, still months away from the mastering stage. So, will we see Lorde’s next album in its entirety before the end of 2016? We don’t think it’s likely. But hopefully we’ll hear new singles off her sophomore effort soon.
UPDATE: Yesterday, on the Eve of Lorde’s birthday. the artist took to Facebook to announce that she will, in fact, be releasing a new album in 2017. The heartfelt post detailed how her move to New York and yearlong removal from the spotlight has influenced the upcoming LP. According to Lorde, Pure Heroine was mirrored on Lorde’s obsession with adolescence, and now as she grows up, it seems that her new album will reflect it accordingly.
In her post, Lorde beautifully writes about what moving to the city and being on her own has done for her, states: “And then I wrote a record about it, all of it, so much more than what I’ve written down here, and I’m in new york getting it done. And tomorrow, I’m not a kid any more, and more and more I’m realizing that the weirdness of those Mylar balloons is going to be okay.
Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record – well, this one is about what comes next.” You can read the rest of it here
So there you have it, Lorde is getting ready for what could be the best year of her life. She leaves us with these parting words, likely until the official album release date is known, “What i’m trying to say is: this is a special birthday. The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world.”
We know this for certain: Lorde has been hard at work in the studio with former Fun. guitarist and lead singer of Bleachers, Jack Antonoff, according to her Twitter and Instagram. She has also posted photos of Harley Streten, aka Flume, who helped remix “Tennis Courts”. According to one of Lorde’s tweets last month, she “took a helicopter out to the wilderness and spent three days alone writing music”, making “some of the most exciting breakthroughs on the record so far”. From everything we’re hearing, it seems that Lorde has been fearless and uninhibited in terms of taking her time, exploring every stylistic option, and pushing the boundaries of her own artistry.
If you’re antsy for newer Lorde music and have exhausted Pure Heroine on your playlists like we have, be sure to listen to the Kiwi singer’s work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 Soundtrack, where Lorde is featured on four tracks. Or, check out Lorde’s celebration of David Bowie at this year’s Brit Pop Awards below: