Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known to the world as Lorde, is embracing a sunnier and more analog sound, full of plucked acoustic guitars and brushed snares. Since releasing her breakout single, “Royals,” in 2013, she’s made the most of hook-heavy pop songs constructed from a palette of overcast electronic sounds.
“In the past,” she says, “I’d hear an acoustic guitar and I’d say ‘Oh, here we go.It’s about to get painfully authentic!’ “
The title of her new album, Solar Power, belies the stylistic sea change; after years spent as a famous and famously melancholic artist, she’s now singing of sun salutations and meditations. In a new video, above, she and friends frolic on a beach in her home of New Zealand – far from the late-night troublemaking of 2017’s “Green Light.”
“I was feeling good, you know?” she says. “It felt like there was something in the air down there, and I really wanted to capture that. But I’ve sort of since been told that taken as a whole, the record has a lot more depth to it. It’s sadder than people thought. There’s always shades to my work.”
To catch up, Morning Edition‘s A Martinez asked Lorde what the past four (relatively quiet) years have entailed, and how she arrived at this very breezy new crossroads.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. To listen to the broadcast version, use the player above.
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