Musical artist, Lorde, is giving her fans the Green Light, so to speak, with her first video in over two years from her upcoming album, Melodrama, her first in nearly four years, since her debut album, Pure Heroine, in 2013. Green Light is both a song of heartbreak and of hope, following a woman’s break-up with her boyfriend and her getting beyond it, though starting over is always emotional and painful. The hypnotic looped drumbeat of Green Light adds a lot to the powerful lyrics.
Green Light, directed by Grant Singer, has over two million views already at YouTube. The song’s catchy lyrics and driving beat could make it, potentially, a huge dance floor hit for the singer behind the immensely popular song, Royals, off debut album, Pure Heroine, that came out when Lorde was just 16, according to The Atlantic.
Lorde’s last single, according to CBS News, was Yellow Flicker Beat off the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. It has been a while since Lorde first wowed music lovers with her impressive debut album, and she has reportedly gone through her own share of heartbreak, which is reflected in the single, Green Light. The single is as powerful, in its own way, as Royals, and is an indication that there is much more to come when Lorde’s upcoming album, Meleodrama, is released on June 15.
Green Light was co-written by guitarist, Jack Antonoff. New Zealand native, Lorde, confirmed in an interview with Beats 1 that the song “was penned in response to Lorde’s ‘first major heartache.'” The song was produced by Lorde, Antonoff and hip-hop collaborator, Frank Dukes.
According to CBS News, Lorde said the song’s subject is not something the musical artist was “used to writing about.” She explained that the song is told from the point of viewpoint of a drunk girl, who is at a party, dancing and crying over her ex-boyfriend, and everyone thinks she is a mess. The subject of the song, Green Light, is a mess, but Lorde fills the song with a sense of hope for the future.
In Green Light, Lorde sings about how her now ex-boyfriend is attempting to mislead his new girlfriend, with a fairly mundane lie. Lorde belts out, “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar.” One possible meaning of the “green light” in the song is the ability to move on.
Lorde’s female protagonist in her new single, Green Light, in effect, gives herself the green light to move on after an emotional break-up with her boyfriend, and to continue on with her life. Lorde will be promoting her upcoming album, Melodrama, extensively throughout spring and into summer. She will be making appearances, performing in concert “at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and the New York Governors Ball. In the meanwhile, check out Lorde’s powerful song and video below.
By John Samuels
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