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Solar Power Lorde’s ode to summery bliss

- Bethany Reitsma and Lydia Burgham

Lorde has released her new single Solar Power with the music video.

The summery ode to warm weather reflects the cover art.

“I hate the winter, can’t stand the cold, I tend to cancel all the plans,” the Kiwi Grammy winner sings in the first verse. “When the heat comes, something takes hold. Can I kick it? Yeah, I can.”

The music video features Lorde dancing around a beach with a group of friends in a gorgeous yellow skirt and crop top.

She also alludes to her partner in the track, rumoured to be music executive Justin Warren: “My boy behind me, he’s taking pictures.”

The singer has sent out a personal message to her fans via her email mailing list, and elaborated on the inspiratio­n behind her new era.

“The album is a celebratio­n of the natural world, an attempt at immortalis­ing the deep, transcende­nt feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” she explained.

“Her feet are bare at all times. She’s sexy, playful, feral, and free. She’s a modern girl in a deadstock bikini, in touch with her past and future, vibrating at the highest level when summer comes around.

“Her skin is glowing, her lovers are are many. I’m completely obsessed with her, and soon you will be too.”

She confirmed Solar Power is the title track from her upcoming album. “It’s my divine pleasure to be introducin­g you, at long last, to my third studio album.”

In a homage to her homeland, Lorde was sporting Kiwi designer Georgia Alice, who yesterday announced she was retiring the internatio­nal brand. For the cover art the songstress wore the designer’s Knit Pearl top, as well as a dress, top and skirt from the brand, in newly released images.

“I made everything with friends here in New Zealand. My best mate Ophelia took the cover photo, lying on the sand as I leapt over her, both of us laughing.

“The director who made my first ever music video, Joel, helped me create the videos, building an entire cinematic universe that I can’t wait for you to see.”

She says the new album “encapsulat­es” where she’s from.

Eagle-eyed fans suggest the music video may have been filmed at a beach on Waiheke Island.

The song was released on streaming services at 10am yesterday after it was apparently leaked online.

Esquire reported that the song appeared briefly on some streaming sites — Tidal and Amazon Music — but was taken down after a few minutes.

Rumours Lorde was set to release new music went viral on Twitter last week before the artist confirmed a new album was on its way and shared the cover art.

A new photo on her website revealed the artwork with a brief message: “Arriving in 2021 . . . Patience is a virtue”.

It’s my divine pleasure to be introducin­g you, at long last, to my third studio album.

Lorde

The cover art is strikingly different to her previous albums — and it has fans excited for new music after a four-year hiatus.

While there’s no hint of a release date or song titles, speculatio­n grew last week after one site revealed two singles would be released “very soon”.

It said Lorde would release new songs from her third album — lead single Solar Power and a promo song, Mood Ring, in the same week.

Her plea for patience a newsletter sent to fans last year, when she confirmed she had again teamed up with Jack Antonoff to make new music.

“I understand — I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths,” she wrote.

“But as I get older I realise there’s something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you.”

She hasn’t released new music since the critically acclaimed 2017 album Melodrama and has dipped in and out of the public eye. Since last year, Lorde has released the Going South photo book and been announced as a Primavera Festival 2022 headliner in Barcelona.

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