Solar Power is the third studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. Lorde wrote and produced the album with American musician Jack Antonoff, with whom he also worked. Tonight (June 2), Lorde announced that 'Solar Power' will arrive on August 20 and shared the song list for the album. Lorde will release her long-awaited third album, Solar Power, on August 20 through Republic Records.
Fans can pre-order, save and add the album here. She is a modern girl in a dead bikini, in touch with her past and future, vibrating at the highest level when summer arrives. Lorde described the album as a celebration of the natural world, an attempt to immortalize the deep and transcendent feelings I have when I am outdoors. The album cover, which shows her butt and which has already been cut into oblivion, was shot by her “best friend Ofelia”, who took the cover photo, lying in the sand while jumping on it, both laughing, writes Lorde.
The track was briefly released by some streaming platforms around noon east on Thursday, June 10, however, it was removed almost immediately (along with the lyrics page “Solar Power Genius”). Speaking about the soul of her new work, Lorde recently said in her mailing list message that “the album is a celebration of the natural world. A 12-track tracklist was released for “Solar Power”, whose title track came out to preview the album 11 days ago, scheduled for a solar eclipse. Classified by Lorde as his marijuana album, Solar Power is a psychedelic effort of pop and indie folk driven by acoustic guitar arrangements, marking a departure from the dance-oriented and synth-heavy music of his previous works.
Shortly after releasing her first single of the same name, the New Zealand singer confirmed that Solar Power would also be the title of the album. In the United States, Solar Power entered the Billboard 200 chart at number five with 56,000 units equivalent to albums moved, consisting of 34,000 album sales and 22,000 units calculated from the 28.38 million on-demand streams that the album received in its opening week. With Lorde apparently in a long-term relationship, her third album could mark a big departure from the existential composition and stab of her past. The surprise of the pop star announced the title of the single and main album, Solar Power, on Monday, June 7, with an update to its website that included the now infamous photo of her butt as she jumps on the sand.
To honor the natural world, the artist presents the album in a discless format, the first of its kind. Commercially, Solar Power reached number one in Australia and New Zealand, ranking in the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The album will be released in retail in what the singer describes as an eco-friendly, luxury CD-style package, albeit with a download code and no CD inside. Meanwhile, in an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1, Lorde discussed the similarities between 'Solar Power' and 'Loaded' by Primal Scream.
Lorde chose not to release CDs for environmental reasons, freeing up solar energy for digital music platforms, streaming services and only as a vinyl LP.