Out Now: ‘Solar Power,’ Lorde’s Anticipated New Album — a Soundtrack for Beachside Self-Reflection (Listen)

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As its title suggests, Solar Power is a musical experience best enjoyed outside. The new album from singer/songwriter Lorde, released today, Aug. 20, is a perfect late summer soundtrack, one borne out of swirling emotions that run the gamut from self-reflection to euphoria, and everything in between.

By now, it’s been eight years since “Royals,” the 2013 debut single from the New Zealand-based singer that made her a global sensation. That’s a long time in the pop world, but Solar Power, produced by Jack Antonoff (who also produced her previous record, Melodrama), finds Lorde as comfortable in her own skin as she’s ever been.

Though not one of the album’s pre-release singles, “Fallen Fruit” is especially resonant, a fully realized showcase of her immense talent:

And we will walk together (We will walk)
Psychedelic garlands in our hair
Through the halls of splendor where the apple trees all grew
You’ll leave us dancing on the fallen fruit

“Fallen Fruit” also features background vocals from Phoebe Bridgers, who lends her talents to six songs on the record.

The title track was Lorde’s first introduction to the record, a mission statement of sorts that literally finds her on the beach in the music video:

“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” said the artist in a statement. “In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

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You’ll notice the album isn’t available on CD — that’s by design, as Lorde eschewed such a format “to honor the natural world”:

“I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD. I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”

“Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen It All),” featuring Swedish pop singer Robyn, who turns up for a spoken-word coda toward the end, features a catchy 1990s-reminiscent vibe set to lyrics like Couldn’t wait to turn fifteen/Then you blink and it’s been ten years. Relatable!

Solar Power is a stellar achievement, and it’s sure to be among the year’s most well received records.

Listen to the record below.

Lorde’s sold-out, 40+ date Solar Power tour sets out in early 2022 and promises to be quite a treat for fans, as she’s booked in pretty small venues, given her stature. The dates:

Date City Venue
February 26 Christchurch, NZ Electric Avenue Festival
February 27 Upper Moutere, NZ Neudorf Vineyards
March 1 Wellington, NZ Days Bay
March 2 Havelock North, NZ Black Barn Vineyards
March 4 New Plymouth, NZ Bowl of Brooklands
March 5 Auckland, NZ Outerfields
March 10 Brisbane, AU Riverstage
March 12 Melbourne, AU SMMB
March 15 Sydney, AU Aware Super Theatre
March 19 Perth, AU Belvoir Amphitheater
April 3 Nashville, TN Opry House
April 5 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre
April 7 Montreal, QC Salle Willfrid Pelletier
April 8
April 9
Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
Meridian Hall
April 12
April 13
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
Boch Center – Wang Theatre
Boch Center – Wang Theatre
April 15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
April 16 Washington, DC The Anthem
April 18
April 19
New York, NY
New York, NY
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
April 20 Philadelphia, PA The Met
April 22
April 23
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
The Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre
April 25 Minneapolis, MN The Armory
April 27 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom
April 30 Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre
May 1 Portland, OR Theater of the Clouds
May 3 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
May 5
May 6
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
May 7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
May 25 Leeds, UK O2 Academy
May 26 Edinburgh, UK Usher Hall
May 28 Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse
May 30 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
June 1 London, UK Roundhouse
June 2
June 3
London, UK
London, UK
June 7 Paris, FR Casino de Paris
June 8 Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live
June 10 Barcelona, ES Primavera Sound
June 13 Zurich, CH Halle 622
June 14 Munich, DE Zenith
June 16 Rome, IT Cavea – Auditorium Parco della Musica
June 17 Villafranca di Verona, IT Castello di Villafranca
June 18 Sibenik, HR Saint Mihovil Fortress
June 21 Cologne, DE Open Air am Tanzbrunnen
June 23
June 28
Berlin, DE
London, UK
Verti Music Hall
Alexandra Palace

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