Great art can’t be rushed. And Lorde has been working on something “great.”
The New Zealand-born alternative pop artist has finally updated us on her long awaited sophomore album, thanks to the prompting of one pushy fan.
Instagram user Gabatron9 probed, “Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?”
Lorde responded with a direction to the exit, before explaining the album was close to completion after a year of creative toil and meticulous attention. “Give up on me if you want to! I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell, and it’s all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork,” she wrote. “The record is written, we’re in the production stage now. I’ve worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys.”
Lorde’s enlightening comment was buried in a cryptic post of the singer (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) looking at a frog, which she shared with the caption “shooting love heart eyes at the locals.”
There’s no tentative release date yet for the multiple Grammy and Billboard Music Award-winning artist’s follow-up to Pure Heroine. Her 2013 debut spawned the Top 10 hit “Team” and “Royals,” an international smash which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks.
Lorde’s next album has actually been percolating for more than a year. She told Billboard.com back in December 2013 she’d been writing new material. And her producer and collaborator Joel Little revealed in February 2015 plans to hit the studio to “start writing some songs.” Not long after, she parted ways with her manager Scott Maclachlan.
Lorde’s Instagram account may or may not hold clues to the new LP. She recently shared a picture of her “Tennis Court” remixer Harley Streten (aka Flume) with the caption “Harley’s Angels” and two months ago tweeted that she and Jack Antonoff “really crushed it at work this week.”