Surprise! Lorde just released a new track, Liability

Lorde released Liability on Friday.
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Lorde released Liability on Friday.

First there were the teaser clips, then the midnight treasure hunt and finally we got the Green Light.

Then on Friday morning, without any notice Lorde drops the second single from her forthcoming album. It's called Liability

With her new release, Lorde also announced that an official release date had been set for her Melodrama album, June 16.

While keeping with the same theme as Green Light, Lorde gave fans a glimpse at a new side of her Melodrama album with a short and intimate song layered with vocals and piano only.

Liability was released on radio station Beats 1, in an interview with fellow Kiwi Zane Lowe.

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Speaking to Lowe, 20-year-old Ella Yelich O'connor​ said her new song was very much written from a perspective of youth.

Like her Green Light single, a breakup song that she said was written from the perspective of "that drunk girl at a party", Liability continued to delve into the world of cringe teen memories.

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"They say, you're a little much for me, you're a liability," the chorus goes.

"So they pull back, make other plans, I understand. I'm a liability, get you wild make you leave."

She told Lowe the song was a new experiment for her, working with only piano and voice, in stark difference to her last heavily produced pop track Green Light.

Lorde described her song as "starkly truthful" – an inward looking melody indicative of Lorde's songwriting, in songs such as Green Light as well as White Teeth Teens and Love Club from her Pure Heroine collection.

"I think everyone knows what that's like, to feel like a liability," she told Lowe, giving the example of "that drunk girl" once again.

She went on to say Liability was inspired by a tearful cab ride listening to Rihanna​'s Anti album. In the taxi, Lorde said she had realised everyone close to her was making sacrifices because of her own lifestyle and career.

"I'm going to be a tax on them in some way. If it's having to give up a little portion of their privacy or their life becoming more difficult," she said.

Her Melodrama album was made available for pre-order as soon as Liability dropped. Anyone who pre-purchased the album would receive a copy of Lorde's latest single.

 

 - Stuff

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