Lorde has finally released her sun-kissed new single ‘Solar Power’ – you can listen to the track and watch its accompanying video below.
‘Solar Power’, the first single from her upcoming third album, was officially released this evening (June 10), however, earlier in the day it reportedly leaked online for a brief moment before being promptly taken down.
Fan accounts shared screenshots of ‘Solar Power’ on streaming platforms, stating that it was available for a few moments in select countries. The platforms said to have released the record early included Apple Music and Tidal, as well as Lorde’s own YouTube channel.
In a five-star review of ‘Solar Power’, NME‘s Rhian Daly called it “a sun-kissed ode to starting anew and doing it in one of the best places for it – soaking up the rays on a glorious beach.”
Lorde also accompanied the release with a new video. Co-directed with Joel Kefali, who she previously worked with on the ‘Royals’ music video, it sees Lorde sporting a yellow dress as she dances on a beach, joined by other people at different intervals.
Fans reacted with excitement about Lorde’s upcoming return last month, when it was announced she’d be a headliner at the 2022 Primavera Sound festival. Currently slated to be her first live performance in nearly three years, Lorde’s set is locked in to close the fifth night of the main Primavera festival on June 10.
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot that Primavera’s website seemingly jumped the gun on Lorde’s album plans, boasting that she would “emerge from her retirement with her third album after her unforgettable visit in 2018”.
A few details have already been revealed regarding her third record – like that its title will tie in to her forthcoming memoir, Going South,which documents her 2019 trek to Antarctica. She has also once again teamed up with Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff to spearhead the record’s production.
Lorde has offered fans regular updates on her impending comeback, including a tease last May that “the work is so fucking good”.