Here’s your good news fix for the day: In a newsletter to her fans today (20 May), Lorde has given all of us hope that there’s a light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel. It has been almost three years since Lorde released her second album, Melodrama, and it looks like she’s gearing up to finish her third album. In December, Lorde returned to the studio because she was in need of something to do after the passing of her dog, Pearl, at the end of 2019. She says that she was surprised when “good things came out. Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening”. Wholesome content right here. Even during lockdown she and Melodrama producer, Jack Antonoff, have been working away, having FaceTime meetings, and working out what the next steps will be.
The Waiting Game
Honestly Lorde’s new album could be 13 remixes of Ribs and I would think it’s the greatest album of all time
— 1984’s George Whorewell (@EwdatsGROSS) May 20, 2020
She goes on to say that she can feel the need and desperation of her fans for new music. She wants to give it to us, but we’ve got to learn how to wait first.
“I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths. 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 … The greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time.”
I really do admire Lorde in this newsletter. When the rest of the world seems to be going insane waiting for lockdown restrictions to ease, Lorde is setting a great example for the rest of us about being in the moment and enjoying this time of waiting. And she’s only 23! She says “Waiting, the thing that felt so pointless and annoying when I was young, is now this kind of delicious activity … 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.”
We’re so caught up in having everything instantly and not needing to wait – express shipping, Netflix giving entire seasons. We’re so consumed by getting the next thing the second we ask for it, that we don’t take the time to enjoy the thing. We don’t ride the wave and let the excitement grow. Lorde has given us a great reminder here that sometimes waiting can be just as thrilling as the thing we’re waiting for.
Lorde: Artist For The People
It’s abundantly clear from this newsletter that Lorde cares deeply about her fans.
“I want to hug you all, and hold your hands” she says before describing why hugging fans is one of her favourite things. “I can feel all the love and care you have for my work … And you can feel how deeply I care about you … When it’s safe, I can’t wait to hug you again”.
My heart is melting.
I remember when I first heard Royals in 2013. I was 14 and didn’t fully understand the lyrics, but I was so moved by the sound of Lorde’s voice. Pure Heroine would be played on repeat almost every day because I just couldn’t get enough, I loved her voice. I even sang Royals in front of about 50 people at a performance night at school. It was absolutely terrifying. But I’ve loved Lorde ever since, and I think I always will.
She ends her newsletter with a simple sentence: “The work is so fucking good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it”. And just like that, I’m hooked. But I’ll enjoy the wait until we’re gifted with her talent once again. Brb, going to listen to Pure Heroine and Melodrama on repeat.
If you want the full newsletter, have a read here, and prepare to feel all of the emotions.
Image Source: Lorde (newsletter)