Lorde has worked with Jack Antonoff for years, through 2017’s Melodrama, to her most recent record, the imminent Solar Power. However, she’s recently criticised the framing of their partnership in the public eye, which she describes as “retro” and “sexist”.
“I haven’t made a Jack Antonoff record,” Lorde says, dispelling ideas that Antonoff’s creative vision takes precedence over that of the artists he works with. “I’ve made a Lorde record and he’s helped me make it and very much deferred to me on production and arrangement. Jack would agree with this. To give him that amount of credit is frankly insulting.”
“I know that there are certain hallmarks of what Jack does and some of those things I really love and some of them I don’t like,” she adds. “And I beat them out of the work that we do together.”
“I say this with so much love and affection, but I feel like we’re doing up a house together and he’s like, ‘Look at this serviette that I fashioned into the shape of two swans! Look at this set of woven baskets!’ And I’m like, ‘Great — one per room.’”
Lorde also mentions that she has to encourage Antonoff to stick to the original guitar arrangements when they’re playing live. Late last month, the pair shared a rendition of the title track from her self-proclaimed “weed album”, performing together on a stormy rooftop at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
Solar Power is set to be released on August 20, comprising 12 songs and two bonus tracks. Take a look at the full tracklist here.