Lorde's officially consuming all our thoughts: just days after her detailed New York Times profile, the New Zealand-born singer/songwriter has premiered not one, not two, but three new tracks off her forthcoming sophomore album, Melodrama, while performing at Coachella.
In her Times profile, we learned the album tells the story of one evening's house party, and that "with a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic and then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible."
With that context in mind, here's the new music that's blessed us over-the-weekend, starting with "Sober," a post-hookup anthem Lorde debuted for a private crowd before hitting the official Coachella stage:
There's also "Homemade Dynamite," which Lorde premiered onstage during her official Coachella set—she explained beforehand that for Melodrama, "I thought about all the ups and downs of being a 20-something, specifically all the ups and downs of an evening. So I spent a lot of time going out, as you do, and I was struck by all of the facets of an evening." She described that good moment where you're still with all your friends and having fun, and that later moment where you look like a mess in the bathroom. "It was the dichotomy of those two things that I'm very interested in," she continued. And for "Homemade Dynamite," the vibes are decidedly in the happier part of the evening:
And, finally, there's the album's title track, "Melodrama," a gloomy ballad that seems to focus on the darker part of Lorde's night out: