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Lorde updates fans on new music: ‘So fucking good’

‘I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out. Happy, playful things’

Lorde has updated her fans on her new music, describing it as “so fucking good”.

In a newsletter sent out to her followers, the singer discussed working on the follow-up to 2017’s Melodrama and her life under lockdown in New Zealand, a country that has largely kept its coronavirus pandemic under control.

“I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out,” she wrote. “Happy, playful things.”

Lorde explained that had been recording with Melodrama collaborator Jack Antonoff in Auckland and Los Angeles prior to the lockdown. “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.”

Crucially, she said that “the work is so fucking good, my friend,” adding, “I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.”

Lorde said she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to tour again, but is excited about performing, making videos, and doing interviews. However, she asked her fans to be patient with new material. “I understand – 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. 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?”

She continued: “I get this feeling when I make bread, or put my seedlings in after the last frost, or even when I wait for a particular package to arrive. Waiting, the thing that felt so pointless and annoying when I was young, is now this kind of delicious activity. In my opinion, the greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time. 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.”

“I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colours now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means.”

The whole letter is worth a read – check it out below.