Lorde released today her highly anticipated single, "Green Light," delivering a chant-heavy, post-breakup anthem that's lifted off the singer's forthcoming sophomore album, Melodrama. The song is an introduction to a larger tale Lorde will tell throughout her new era—"the story of the last two wild, fluorescent years of my life," she said on Twitter.
The artwork for her new project is a dramatic painting by queer artist Sam Mckinniss, who depicted the singer in bed, staring directly at the viewer. "'Green Light' is officially out in the world and I am so pleased to share with you that this song is the first from my sophomore record, Melodrama," Lorde posted to Instagram, sharing the album art. "This is the cover, painted by Sam McKinniss."
McKinniss, a Connecticut-born artist, once spoke with Gayletter about his practice: "Painting is the way that I think about pictures," he said. "I think that’s always been my style really, just looking at pictures intensely. Being intense. And see if you can respond in some way to the world that you live in visually with light and color."