Many might have missed a shot from Lorde’s latest song- ‘Solar Power.’ The music video is set on a beach where we see Lorde, a “prettier Jesus,” dance and vibe to the new summer anthem. One of the many visuals in the video is that of Lorde smoking pot from what looks like a pina colada spoof.
It turns out it is fennel, something she felt would begin to roast had one “hit it hard enough.” She admitted that she was indeed smoking weed in the video and had voted ‘yes’ in the New Zealand referendum that sought to legalize cannabis in the country.
The video was shot on one of the many gorgeous beaches of New Zealand; the specific location has not been revealed yet. The song is a part of Lorde’s third album, the release date for which has not been confirmed yet. However, people from all over the world took to Twitter and Instagram talking about the song’s striking visuals and vibrant melody.
For those who have been living under a rock, Lorde is a pop star, famous for her global superhit songs like ‘Royals,”Greenlight,”Hard Feelings,”Sober,’ and now, her latest single- ‘Solar Power.’ Her real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor; she is a twenty-four-year-old Kiwi pop star known for her unique vocals and powerful music.
She has stated that she didn’t intend to make this a “pandemic song” or a song about post-covid celebration. Instead, the song was written two years ago, and finally, after more than four years since her last album, Lorde has begun releasing new music. People have already viewed the song more than 8 million times since its release on June 11.
Lorde has not been in the public eye for a long time. However, she broke her silence by releasing the artwork for her upcoming single. The image is that of Lorde running on the beach by the water, her backside facing the camera. The bottom-up shot captures her backside in a way that it covers the blazing Sun, truly marking the song ‘Solar Power.’ The image began circulating, and fans welcomed the song, more excited than ever.
Lorde has cited inspirations like Robby Williams’ ‘Rock DJ’ and the Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ as they helped set the mood for what her latest song was to sound like. She has also spoken to Rolling Stone Magazine of how she recorded cicadas for the song as she knew that she “had to have cicadas in it.” She even brought together Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo, whom she adoringly refers to as her “friends who are God-tier vocal artists,” to contribute to the song’s background vocals.
The song is slowly catching on, and people are digging its nonchalant and playful atmosphere, making us all want to be at the beach with our friends in the summer! Even though New Zealand could not pass the bill that would legalize marijuana, here is hoping that Lorde continues to create such iconic screen moments.