Lorde has new music on the way

Prepare to be jazzed.
May 20, 2020 12:43 p.m. EST
May 20, 2020 2:18 p.m. EST
New music from Lorde is on the way. Well, soonish anyway. The Grammy winner broke her months of silence on Tuesday when she sent an email to her subscribers and revealed what she’s been up to since her last update at the end of 2019. Her activities have included cooking, hair growing and, thankfully, a lot of music writing.Lorde opened the letter by addressing the 2020 elephant in the room—COVID-19. The New Zealand native has been in her home country throughout the pandemic and touched on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s swift actions—including a six-week country-wide lockdown and readily available testing—which has helped the country eliminate Coronavirus.  “I feel so thankful for such calm, sensible leadership by our government, now more than ever,” wrote Lorde. “I know you may not be afforded that where you live, and I hope you’re taking it one day at a time and trying not to feel too destroyed by the news.”The singer also revealed she’s been growing her hair in anticipation for the release of her third studio album. “You’ll probably be pleased to know that my hair is long and big again,” she wrote. “I think after Melodrama came out I said I wouldn’t put out another record until my hair was long—both because hair takes time to grow, and I needed time, and because I think the next record will require the longest and wildest hair yet.”
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Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) took a moment to address the somber topic of her previous update: the admission she would be putting songwriting on hold for a while after the loss of her beloved dog, Pearl. The singer adopted the canine in New Zealand in 2018. “The first three months of this year started as a blur, and began to sharpen," she wrote in the new update. "It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it with me everywhere. I found a note in my phone from November which said: I eat a grief sandwich / I wear a grief coat / I see a grief film. If you know how it feels to lose someone close, I’m sure that makes sense to you. Everything about you becomes a grief thing!”When she ventured back into the studio in December, Lorde says she was pleasantly surprised to find "good things came out." She and producer Jack Antonoff were traveling back and forth between New Zealand and Los Angeles to work on new music, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to switch to collaborating on FaceTime. “We’re still working away... But it will take a while longer,” the singer said.[video_embed id='1957855']RELATED: Taylor Swift treats fans to the 'The City of Lover' [/video_embed]Asking for patience, Lorde explained she wants to create music that will be relevant for decades, a feat that requires time. “Waiting, the thing that felt so pointless and annoying when I was young, is now this kind of delicious activity," she wrote. "In my opinion, the greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time. So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive. Enjoy the sensation as it builds. When the moment comes, our wave will crest super f**king high.”“I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colours now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means," she added, touching on her synesthesia, a condition that enables the musician to see music in colours.Lorde ended the personal letter to her fans by saying she’s excited to get to hug them once again and promises her new music is worth the wait. “The work is so f**king good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.” Consider us jazzed as well.[video_embed id='-1']BEFORE YOU GO: German Shepherd enjoys a treat after cheese challenge [/video_embed]

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