Lorde freaked thinking she couldn't release another album, got sent back to NZ
Lorde has revealed the stress she faced working on her forthcoming album, saying friends sent her home after she freaked out in studio.
The Kiwi songstress, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, appears on the cover of global music magazine Rolling Stone this week, for an interview in which she speaks about the doubts she had making her Melodrama album.
Lorde said she was sent back to New Zealand for a month after a "freak out" in studio. She had been working on the album with Jack Antonoff in his New York apartment that he shares with partner Lena Dunham.
The expectations built up by her debut release, Pure Heroine, were too much for her, she said.
"There was a real hit of, like, 'I just don't have another one'," Lorde told Rolling Stone magazine.
At night, Lorde said her doubts kept her awake. "It could never be good enough".
After the "freak out" in studio, Lorde said Antonoff packed her up and sent her home.
"They barrelled me out of the studio, and flicked me across the globe."
She spent a month with friends and family back in Auckland, getting into the right head space to release her next album.
Her debut, that sent waves through the pop music world, was written from the perspective of a 15-year-old Auckland girl critical of the celebrity world. That all changed when her music hit the internet, as Lorde became one of the biggest music celebrities around.
Getting back to where it all started helped a lot, she said.
"Everything written about on the album, give or take a couple of lines, all took place in New Zealand, is about me and my friends," she said.
The singer also previewed two unreleased songs during her performance at America's biggest music festival, Coachella. She sang Homemade Dynamite – an upbeat dance track about the "ups and downs of an evening" – and Sober, a more deep and emotionally tinged instalment.
Her full Melodrama album was due to be released on June 16.