In the Grant Singer-directed video, Lorde whips her hair in public places including a public bathroom, a shop front and on top of a auto.
"I wish. I could just let go", she sings as, in the background, a chorus of cheerleaders chant: "I'm waiting for it, that green light". Now at 20, Lorde said her new songs reflect her own emerging adulthood and dealing with her first big heartbreak.
OK, Lorde, now how about a local tour date (or two)? Lorde's new song might have come after a four-year hiatus, but it sounds both fresh and familiar. Despite the genre switch, Lorde's stunning voice and deeply felt lyrics remind us that she is still the artist we fell in love with so many years ago. "It's complex and amusing and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE", the artist tweeted yesterday.
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The "Royals" singer had previously promised that "Green Light" would be a more upbeat tune from her previous work that "will make [us] DANCE". "This is where we begin", Lorde tweeted yesterday. She also curated the official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and recorded "Yellow Flicker Beat" as the lead single.
Fellow pop stars have taken to Twitter to cheer Lorde on for her new material, including Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, who exclaimed "yus kween" and "incredible", respectively.
If you're just about to hear Lorde's "Green Light" for the first time, treasure this moment. You might know him as a member of the group.fun, the band behind the 2011 smash We Are Young. "Green Light" is quality radio fare that's perhaps too faithful to the style of its predecessors, a don't-shake-it, don't-break-it comeback single one hopes will pave the way for more daring strokes.