NEW ALBUM: LORDE | SOLAR POWER
New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde released her highly anticipated third studio album, "Solar Power," via Universal Music. She wrote and produced the album with American musician Jack Antonoff, whom she worked with on her last studio album, Melodrama, in 2017. Lorde opted against CDs for environmental reasons and released "Solar Power" on digital music platforms only. The title track led off Lorde’s album cycle, a slice of commercial sunshine pop that embraced some of the lush harmonies of her previous two albums but pivoted far away from the underlying darkness. The rest of "Solar Power" has the same approach in mind: Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers fill out the background vocals on a mix of Laurel Canyon like acoustic cuts and serene ballads. "Solar Power" largely changes through the anxiety, a bit of a relatable smooth brain approach to all that’s going on in the world. Lorde admits as much on the album: she basks in the inconclusiveness of her deep thoughts. Even Robyn, who appears at the end of “Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)” as a flight attendant on Strange Airlines, destination Sadness is not even sure where the tour will take you. Her influence has left an indelible mark on the likes of Olivia Rodrigo and even Billie Eilish, both of whom hit the same notes on how taxing celebrities can be before they even hit their twenties.