Lorde has stayed relatively quiet about her second album, the followup to 2013’s stunning Pure Heroine, but in a Facebook note posted on the eve of her 20th birthday, she revealed a few things about this past year and what the collection is really about.
“[I]t was a colossal year!” she wrote. “One for the ages. I maxed out every single emotion I have in the best possible way, the colours still aching behind my eyes like this weird blissful hangover.”
She continued: “My heart broke. I moved out of home and into the city and I made new friends and started to realize that no-one is just good or bad, that everyone is both. I started to discover in a profound, scary, blood-aching way who I was when I was alone, what I did when I did things only for myself. I was reckless and graceless and terrifying and tender. I threw sprawling parties and sat in restaurants until the early hours, learning what it’s like to be an adult, even talking like one sometimes, until I caught myself. All I wanted to do was dance. I whispered into ears and let my eyes blaze on high and for the first time I felt this intimate, empire-sized inner power.”
Though she didn’t reveal any real details, she told fans, “I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing — I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You’ll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand.”
She finished writing this letter, she says, just as the clock struck midnight and she turned 20. “The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world.”
On Monday afternoon, Lorde’s pal Taylor Swift wished her a very happy birthday. “Thank you for the music you make, the advice you give, the thoughts you provoke, and the way you’ve made my life more beautiful since the first day we met up in New York and ate burgers on a park bench and got attacked by squirrels. I. Love. You. So. Much. Ella.”
Since releasing Pure Heroine, Lorde has worked with other artists like Disclosure and curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, which included one of her original songs, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”