UPDATE: Our benevolent Lorde has broken her social media silence, taking to Instagram to encourage her Kiwi fans to vote and tease her new album.
Per the New Zealand Herald, Lorde, who hasn’t publicly posted since the 6th of April, 2018, took to her Instagram Stories to encourage fans to vote and read up on two referendums in New Zealand: The End of Life Choice Act 2019—which seeks to give people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted death—and the Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill—which seeks to legalise the commercial use and selling of cannabis. We stan a Grammy-award-winning singer-turned-activist 🥰.
“If you’re 18+, it’s time to VOTE,” she wrote in purple on white text to a gorgeous purple-tinted photo of a beach. “We know we live in a special place. And adding all of our voices to the conversation, speaking up for communities or organisations that mean something to us—that’s what helps keep it that way.”
“Do it for our beautiful country and for me,” she continued. “And next year I’ll give you something in return.”
The New Zealand election is held on the 17th of October.
We originally reported that say what thou wilt about the events of 2020—world war three, pandemics, UFOs???, that terrifying giant baby—no one can deny that the music offering has been fucking excellent.
In between fresh new drops (Rina Sawayama, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino), artists have come together to push out vibey collabs (Doja Cat x Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion x BEYONCÉ???, Lady Gaga x Ariana Grande) and even live concert recordings.
Now, here to provide the ultimate cherry on top, is Lorde who has confirmed a new album is on the way.
The artist—who released Melodrama in 2017 and subsequently rewired my entire brain to Experience Emotions for the first time—revealed to fans in a newsletter that she had been back in the studio with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff.
“I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out,” said Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor). “Happy playful things.”
“It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away—Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer,” she said.
Miss Lorde also took the time to explain why the album has taken so long (don’t worry, you’ve got nothing on Frank Ocean who hasn’t dropped an album since 2016. HELLO, Frank??????), noting that she feels less pressure to rush things out now she’s older.
“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. You could have something of lesser quality much faster, but as the high quality thing comes into fruition, a warm feeling grows inside you. Do you know what I mean?”
“So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive. Enjoy the sensation as it builds. When the moment comes, our wave will crest super fucking high.”
That being said, the wait looks like it’ll be worth it. The 23-year-old said of the new songs, “the work is so fucking good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.”
We can tell you, babe, we are jazzed to hear it.
The artist didn’t specify a release date which is a bummer, but given the above hype, we’re happy to wait (a little) longer. In the meanwhile, let’s just all watch the gal dance.