Lorde just hiked up the already huge hype around her upcoming second album Melodrama by dropping yet another new song.
The upbeat “Green Light” set our hearts racing last week but was unfairly overshadowed by a certain Ed Sheeran’s chart domination. So, our favourite New Zealand songstress has stepped up her game and launched “Liability”, a stripped-down, traditional piano ballad that may appeal to fans of Lana Del Rey.
In brief, it’s being told you’re “a little much” by someone you care about and is inspired by Lorde’s own experiences with fame.
Here’s what she had to say to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio when he asked her about writing one of her most personal songs to date:
“I had this realisation that because of my lifestyle and what I do for work there’s going to be a point with every single person around me where I’m gonna be a tax on them in some way. If it is having to give up a little portion of their privacy or their life becoming more difficult or whatever.
“It was just this moment of sadness and I remember it so vividly. I was in this cab alone listening to ‘Higher’ by Rihanna because Anti had just come out and I had a little cry.
“But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talisman for me. I was like, you know what, I’m always gonna have myself so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself.”
Melodrama is unleashed upon the world on 16 June, so there’s about a three-month wait yet. Rest assured that it’ll be worth it, though, because Lorde has already promised to keep on breaking down the assumption that “all teenage music sounds the same”. It’s why we love her.