By Oliver Butler (@notoliverbutler)
One thing that should always subtly remain with you when listening to Lorde‘s music is her age, and what she’s achieved by it. Around the age of 13/14, she was laying the groundwork for her debut album, Pure Heroine, and by the age of 16, she smashed into the face of the earth, becoming an instant success.
With Pure Heroine, it was the maturity, the depth and the approach that Lorde offered, which some would struggle to produce after years in the game. The crown of fame is heavy, but she has carried it as if she was forever meant to wear it. No tantrums, controversies or raised eyebrows, just a real-life musician who pours her heart and soul into every note.
So, with this information behind us, it’s no surprise that Green Light, the first single from her sophomore offering Melodrama, is a dancy, bouncy tune that masks the heartbreak Lorde weaved into the lyrics.
The song tells the story of the “last 2 wild, fluorescent years of [Lorde’s] life” in her own words. Starting with her doing her “makeup in somebody else’s car” & the person in question in this song being “a damn liar” over a minimalist piano beat, and how “that you said that you’ll always be in love, but you’re not in love”.
The piano beat slowly begins to rise as she begins to hear “brand new sounds in my mind”, and that she’ll be “seeing you, wherever I go”, but that doesn’t stop the choral backing vocalists becoming more and more excited as the track produces more and more energy until “I’M WAITIN’ FOR IT, THAT GREEN LIGHT I WANT IT!”.
The chorus has a dancy, nineties feel as she’ll “get [her] things, but [she] can’t let go”, before segueing back into the sombre, minimalist piano beat as Lorde sometimes “wakes up in a different bed, too”, with the lyrical theme subtly, maturely and perfectly covering the protagonist’s heartbreak & the route to mending that patching up that poorly ticker. Closing out with a beautiful, yet simplistic synth-style solo with the energetic choral backing vocals weaving in between it, Green Light offers a frank and honest account of a break-up, with the partying that comes as part and parcel of setting yourself right with a maturity, depth and energy that only someone like Lorde can offer you.
Closing out with a beautiful, yet simplistic synth-style solo with the energetic choral backing vocals weaving in between it, Green Light offers a frank and honest account of a break-up, with the partying that comes as part and parcel of setting yourself right with a maturity, depth and energy that only someone like Lorde can offer you.
Whilst we may expect nothing less in terms of production, sound and lyrical theme from Lorde, this is a stellar track, and will be one of the standout tracks of 2017 until she gives us more of that sweet, sweet electro-pop.