For all the attention and record sales and accolades she’s bagged, it’s surprising to note that Lorde has only made one album in her entire career. But it’s true; 2013’s ‘Pure Heroine’ is as far as the New Zealand pop star’s discography goes. And after whipping up a storm with such big singles as ‘Royals’ and ‘Tennis Court’, and big performances like her Lollapalooza set in 2014, Lorde suddenly disappeared from the public eye. The only time she surfaced in 2016 was at the Brit Awards where she gave a stirring tribute to the late great David Bowie.
Most of the year, Lorde has been entertaining fans with mundane posts on her social media accounts. Her Facebook timeline is littered with pictures of her out with her friends, with her dog, going to bed etc. But yesterday she surprised her followers with a lengthy post which she titled “A Note From the Desk of a Newborn Adult”. In it she gave a detailed, poetic account of her transition from a teenager into an adult, thoughts that filled her mind on the eve of her 20th birthday.
“Tomorrow I turn 20, and it’s all I’ve been able to think about for days. I walk around the city, up by the park and by the health food store and down into the subway, this new age hanging in front of my eyes like two of those Mylar balloons that never come down. Can people see it, I wonder, that I’m about to cross over? On the subway I stare at boys I want to kiss and girls I want to hug. Do you see me?” is how the letter began. But the part that will have set pulses racing is where she said, “And then I wrote a record about it, all of it, so much more than what I’ve written down here, and I’m in New York getting it done.” Sadly, there were no more details of the forthcoming album, apart from a hint that it won’t be done in the next month.
You can read the rest of her letter below.
Miami Based, Internationally Known