Ladies and gentlemen, the long wait is over. After years of speculation that reached fever pitch in the last week, Lorde has returned with new single ‘Green Light.’ The song will appear on the upcoming LP ‘Melodrama,’ her first since lauded 2013 debut Pure Heroine.

The fledgling pop icon gives her mission statement early in the song when she sings “I hear sounds in my mind / Brand new sounds in my mind.” Driven by a piano that changes from slow and moody to propulsive in the chorus, ‘Green Light’ showcases an altogether more pop-indebted sound than anything we’ve heard from Lorde while retaining her vocal idiosyncrasies and perceptive lyrics.

After a series of cryptic video teasers featuring fragments of the new tune, Lorde officially announced the release of ‘Green Light’ yesterday, tweeting, “I am so proud of this song. It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE,” (confirmed) then, “It’s the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin.”

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In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 today, she elaborated saying, “The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards … It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, ‘how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?’ And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.”

Although she was featured on Disclosure’s 2015 song ‘Magnets,’ we haven’t heard an original tune from the New Zealander since she contributed ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ to ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ soundtrack in 2014. With anticipation for her second LP basically starting the moment ‘Pure Heroine’ closer ‘A World Alone’ ended, patient fans are definitely ready for whatever ‘Melodrama’ has in store.

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