Lorde revealed she has experienced the ‘highest of highs’ and ‘lowest of lows’ in the last year in a heartfelt letter to her fans.
The 25-year-old Kiwi singer opened up in her latest email newsletter called ‘The Path’, revealing she ‘used to sit alone in her hotel room on show days, binge watching [the Great British] Bake Off’ – but has now spread her wings and likes explore ‘every city, walking for miles, eating gelato after dark, finding tiny wine bars’.
She also reflected on her latest album Solar Power, and how the public reacted to her new sound.
Lorde (pictured in England on May 29) said she’s experienced the ‘highest of highs’ and ‘lowest of lows’ in the last year in a heartfelt letter to her fans
‘It’s been a year since I announced the release of Solar Power. I can honestly say it has been the year with the highest highs and lowest lows I think I’ve ever experienced,’ she wrote.
‘It took people a while to get the album – I still get emails every day from people who are just coming around to it now! – and that response was really confounding and at times painful to sit with at first,’ the Royals hitmaker added.
She said she’d ‘learned a ton about herself’ since Solar Power was released, and had ‘been able to work through some big personal stuff that was making it pretty difficult to do stuff like travel or play shows’.
Lorde (pictured in Dublin on June 5) said she’d recently discussed Solar Power with a friend who told her it’s ‘one of those works that gets made between peaks’
‘I learned a ton about myself and how I’m perceived by making and releasing this album, and I feel significantly more connected and alive in my art practice and life than pretty much ever before,’ she continued.
‘It’s been interesting as the year has progressed taking in works of art (movies, albums, TV shows, visual art) made in and around the pandemic, and feeling like most of them have a greater degree of interiority than others made by that artist before.
‘You already know about my belief that artists work to metabolize collective feeling, and it makes sense to me that when the collective feeling of the past few years has consisted of long stretches of isolation, vulnerability, abject terror and existential questioning, those feelings would be reflected in the art of the times.’
Lorde also said she’d recently discussed Solar Power with a friend who told her it’s ‘one of those works that gets made between peaks’.
‘[It’s] the kind [of album] that’s necessary for makers sometimes, no less precious. In fact, there can’t be peaks at all without such works,’ she explained.
‘I think this is true of the record. I needed to go low, to roll a neon ball through tall grass and see what happened. Playing songs from SP live each night in what is undoubtedly my best live show ever is also an incredible feeling — it all makes sense there, both to you and me, in a new and vivid way.
‘And thanks to SP, I’ve been able to work through some big personal stuff that was making it pretty difficult for me to do stuff like travel or play shows without getting completely overwhelmed.
‘I used to sit alone in my hotel room on show days, binge watching Bake Off, Ambien and Vitamin D on the bedside, my skin pale, my stomach knotted in fear.
Lorde released Solar Power last year, and the racy cover art soon made headlines
‘These days, I’m out the door in every city, walking for miles, eating gelato after dark, finding tiny wine bars, trying on vintage clothes down secret streets, laughing with friends, and playing better and better shows for you as a result. So yeah. Thankyou for all of it.’
It comes after Lorde revealed she had a newfound body confidence and was ‘obsessed’ with showing off her abs.
‘The trend of having the midriff out has coincided with me being completely obsessed with getting my abs out,’ she told Vogue Australia.
‘I can really do stuff with my body now.’
It comes after Lorde (pictured in Dublin on June 5) revealed she had a newfound body confidence and was ‘obsessed’ with showing off her abs