Lorde dropped today the third track off Melodrama, called "Perfect Places," following the release of our one true anthem, "Green Light," and the insecurity-charged ballad, "Liability."
"Perfect Places" is the final song on Lorde's sophomore album, a fitting finale for an LP rumored to be packed with stories of heartbreak, hedonism and hopeful dancing. In the chorus, she sings over a chanting chorus: "All of the things we're taking/ 'Cause we are young and we're ashamed / Sends us to perfect places/ All of our heroes fading/ Now I can't stand to be alone/ Let's go to perfect places." She sings about partying as a form of escapism, surrounding oneself with others as a means of staving off pain.
"This is a special one," she said in a Facebook post. "I was living in New York during summer last year, writing Melodrama - I'd ride across the Brooklyn Bridge every day, or sit on the subway uptown in the heat, then go back home to New Zealand winter for a week at a time to party with my friends. My life was like a weird little Etch-A-Sketch I kept scribbling on and resetting."
She continued: "And all last summer, I couldn't shake the feeling that everyone I knew or saw was searching for something - trying to transcend the news and the screaming pavements, drinking that one drink hoping it'd get them someplace higher. This song comes from that endless cycle of evenings and the violent heat of the summer. It took us a very long time to get right, from an aching piano demo to where is it now. It's close to my heart. I hope you like it."
Take a listen to the final track from Melodrama, out June 16, below: