So my article published on The Wake Magazine made the list for most read articles today and I am beyond excited. Here’s a copy of the article and the link to see it on wakemag.org!
LORDE GIVES THE “GREEN LIGHT”
After years of silence, the Grammy award winning artist, Lorde, is back with a new single, “Green Light”. The track, co-written and produced Lorde and fun. contributor, Jack Antonoff, explores the soul of the New Zealand singer after her first experience with heartbreak. Despite the content manner, the song is surprisingly uplifting. So uplifting, in fact, that Lorde herself was surprised at the outcome of the song. In an interview with Beats 1, the singer spoke on this strange paradox, “It sounds so happy and the lyrics are so intense. I thought, ‘How is this thing coming out so joyous?’ and I realized that this is the drunk girl at the party, dancing around, crying about her ex-boyfriend, who everyone thinks is a mess… that’s her tonight, and then tomorrow– she starts to rebuild.”
This paradox bleeds through the lyrics as well as the musical progression of the song. Starting off as a slow ballad, the song progresses quickly into a surprisingly joyous piano riff as the singer proclaims, “But I hear sounds in my mind / Brand new sounds in mind,” and then the track quickly explodes into a throbbing chorus.
The best way to experience Lorde’s “Green Light” is to listen to it rather than just read about it, as it is shows a side never before seen from the artist– heartbreak. As a sneak peak into Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama, “Green Light” shows a more matured version of the songwriter than seen in her critically acclaimed premiere album, Pure Heroin. The upcoming release of Melodrama will be the true telling of the amount of growth of the New Zealand songwriter, and we will have to wait till this summer to experience it in its entirety.