Lorde has to drop her brand new song, ‘Mood Ring’.
Announced via an image on her website, it arrives a few days before the release of her third studio album ‘Solar Power’, which is set to drop on Friday, 20th August.
It comes alongside a video co-directed by Lorde, alongside Joel Kefali, which you can check out below.
In her regular email newsletter, Lorde explains: “I realised I had to write this song late last year — I kept waking up in the night and writing lines of lyric into my phone, which is how I usually know something’s gonna become a song.
“It was really interesting distilling some thoughts on wellness culture and the search for spiritual meaning in our modern world into a 3-minute pop song. The kind of challenge she likes best! Part of why this album was so FUN to make was that I got to explore these tropes of people seeking wellness, enlightenment or even utopia. The person who welcomes you to the island in Solar Power video is one, the dude in Dominoes is another, and now we can add this little lady to the mix. I didn’t name her, but you should go hard. I’ll say it once and then never again: this is satire. She is not me.
“It goes without saying I feel tons of empathy for this character,” Lorde continues. “It was never my intention to fully flame her, although I don’t let her off the hook. We’re living through wild times, and it’s tough to begrudge anyone the methods they employ to feel sane, questionable though they may be. Something like a mood ring represented a sort of magical thinking, the same kind I dip into when I get my aura photographed, or try and bend my horoscope to my will — when I just need to believe something in a moment to feel good or clear. And deep down, I DO feel cozy and connected when someone asks me to ======set an intention for my practise===== at that start of a Pilates class, you know? Maybe you recognise elements of this character in yourself — I certainly sprinkled some things in that came straight from my life. Literally sprinkled… see chia seeds. Anyway I hope you love this song and video— I’m really proud of them both.”
‘Mood Ring’ follows on from two previously revealed tracks from the record – title track ‘Solar Power’ and last month’s ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’.