Lorde's new heatbreak-fueled single is a surefire hit

After a series of teasers, Lorde makes her official return after nearly a three year hiatus.

The first-time Golden Globe nominee scored a best original song nod for "Yellow Flicker Beat". "That's her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild".

Releasing your first new song in years is no mean feat - there's a huge amount of pressure, especially for someone as well known as Lorde. I am so proud of this song. There are open wounds - "I know what you did, and I wanna scream the truth", Lorde seethes. "I moved out of home and all of a sudden I was kind of figuring out who am I when I'm alone". You don't like the beach! But there's also an acceptance of longing, as the chorus is constructed around Lorde admitting that she'll "come get my things, but I can't let go". Here, Lorde wants a green light not to a destination, but away from a location she knows too well.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Mistajam about the new album, titled Melodrama, she said: "I feel like the whole time spent writing this record, I've had [Bowie] in my thoughts, I've had him in my heart". Lorde is also set to perform "Green Light" on Saturday Night Live on March 11.

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The references to classic indie bands like Broken Social Scene are replaced with "brand new sounds" both in the lyrics and the music itself; the sparse, hip hop-influenced Joel Little production of Pure Heroine is replaced with Jack Antonoff's piano house keys and new wave-y guitars. She definitely hated the idea of losing the hype that she's been creating around this single. It's fantastic actually listening to this body of work and being like, "wow, that is that year of my life in all of its kind of glory and disgusting..." But what she seems to be saying out loud to the world is, "I'm not over this breakup".

"[Jack's] so wonderful and totally understands me and is such a great listener", said Lorde.

It comes after the 20-year-old singer - whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor - installed clues around her hometown of Auckland in New Zealand to reveal the name of the new track.

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