Lorde is back to soundtrack our summer and we’re ready to join her beach cult

Lorde has released her first single in four years, and as its name suggests, it’s a pure ray of sunshine. 

The New Zealand popstar has dropped the video for Solar Power, the first single from her upcoming album of the same name, and it’s serving us Midsommar, if Midsommar were actually just a fun high school movie, vibes. 

A surprise move away from her moodier work, the 24-year-old, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, sings about spending summer on the beach, letting go of her worries, chucking her phone in the sea and being prettier than Jesus. 

In the video, Lorde runs around the beach in a yellow two-piece ensemble, looking like the leader of a beach cult that we really want to join.

Announcing the song and her upcoming album’s release in a letter to fans, Lorde said: ‘There’s someone I want you to meet.

‘Her feet are bare at all times. She’s sexy, playful, feral, and free. She’s a modern girl in a deadstock bikini, in touch with her past and her future, vibrating at the highest level when summer comes around. Her skin is glowing, her lovers are many. I’m completely obsessed with her, and soon you will be too.

‘It’s my divine pleasure to be introducing you, at long last, to my third studio album, SOLAR POWER. 

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Lorde’s album will be released very soon

‘The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.

‘The first song, also called SOLAR POWER and written and produced by myself and Jack [Antonoff], is the first of the rays. It’s about that infectious, flirtatious summer energy that takes hold of us all, come June (or December, if you’re a Southern Hemisphere baby like me but I know that’s literally IMPOSSIBLE for you all to wrap your little heads around so don’t worry about it!!)”

‘I made everything with friends here in New Zealand. My best mate Ophelia took the cover photo, lying on the sand as I leapt over her, both of us laughing. The director who made my first ever music video, Joel, helped me create the videos, building an entire cinematic universe that I can’t wait for you to see.

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The star hasn’t released a new song in four years (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

‘I made something that encapsulates where I’m from — my family, my girlfriends, my outdoors, my constant ruminations, and my unending search for the divine. 

‘There’s SO much more detail to come — a truly comical amount of detail, honestly. You can look to the natural calendar for clues. I’m trying to listen to what’s out there more, and the vibe I got was that you’re ready for this, that you need it.

‘I want this album to be your summer companion, the one you pump on the drive to the beach. The one that lingers on your skin like a tan as the months get cooler again.’

Lorde has yet to confirm a release date for the album, but teased it would be coming ‘very soon’.

This will be Lorde’s third album, following her 2013 debut Pure Heroine and 2017’s Melodrama.

As well as dropping new music, the Royals singer has been confirmed as the headliner for Primavera Sound next June. 

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