Lorde Teases New Music With Jack Antonoff: 'I Know Now How Excited I Am'
By James Dinh
May 20, 2020
Lorde has some "good f**king music" in the works.
On Wednesday (May 19), the pop star, 23, sent an e-mail to her fans to fill them in on her recent months and share a much-needed update on new tunes. "I realised the other day it had been a minute since we chatted, and I was missing you. Do you wear your hair long or short now? Did you take your piercings out? You'll probably be pleased to know my hair is big and long again," she kicked off the message, noting that she's "never felt more spiritually rich, and in touch with the voices that guide. (Yes I'm a f**king herb. Sue me!!!)"
The singer went on to share some updates about how COVID-19 has impacted life in New Zealand, but it seems as if her recent recording sessions were initially prompted by the death of her dog, Pearl. "It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me," she wrote. "I found a note in my phone from November which said: I eat a grief sandwich / I wear a grief coat / I see a grief film."
"I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out," she continued. "Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening."
As per her e-mail, Lorde and producer Jack Antonoff met up in her home country and Los Angeles, where "a thing started to take shape," but then "the world shut down." Nonetheless, the two are still hacking at it remotely. "We're still working away -- Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it'll take a while longer. I know now how excited I am to get back out there," she wrote. "I want to eat summer foods in beautiful countries—ice cream and tomatoes and anchovies. I want to use my gift, and watch it grow. Who knows when it’ll be safe to do those things, but I’m craving them, and I wanted you to know."
As for the anticipation to the follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, Lorde said that the waiting game is just part of her routine, so she can deliver "work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years." "And that kind of work takes time. So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive. Enjoy the sensation as it builds. When the moment comes, our wave will crest super f**kng high.I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colours now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means. The work is so f**king good, my friend," she concluded. "I am truly jazzed for you to hear it."
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