Maybe the times will change, or maybe she's simply stoned at the nail salon. Lorde ponders mortality, growing up and life away from social media in an introspective new song titled "Stoned at the Nail Salon," released Wednesday (July 21).
The track, produced by longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff and supported by guest vocalists Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo, finds the 24-year-old pop star singing against a simple guitar accompaniment. The second single off Lorde's upcoming third album Solar Power, "Stoned at the Nail Salon" features simple production but vast and profound lyrics, with the New Zealand artist examining her doubts as to whether she's on the right life path. "Got a wishbone drying on the windowsill in my kitchen just in case I wake up and realize I've chosen wrong," she sings. "I love this life that I have ... But I wonder sometimes what I'm missing."
"Stoned at the Nail Salon" channels several themes from Lorde's past work, with some lyrics such as "'Cause all the music you loved at 16 you'll grow out of" feeling reminiscent of Pure Heroine track "Ribs," and other lines like "Well my hot blood's been burning for so many summers now" paralleling Melodrama fan-favorite "Liability."