Lorde has revealed she’s worried about how people will react to her new sound.
The singer dropped her second studio album, Melodrama on Friday (June 16) – and despite largely positive reviews, she has opened up about how the album will go down with her loyal ‘Royals’ fans.
Discussing her debut single from the album in particular, ‘Green Light’, she said making an album to rival Pure Heroine was a lot of pressure.
Indeed, having such a “well received” first album left anxious about how fans would interpret her older sound.
“A lot of people we played [Green Light] to hated it when they first heard it,” she told the Guardian.
“When your first record is so well received, at such a fledgling time, you think: ‘God, what if I develop? And what if they don’t like who I develop into? What if they want me to go back to being an embryo?'”
“That I’m trying to make stuff that looks like the inside of my brain. So how can criticism touch me? As long as I know I’m transcribing my brain faithfully and vividly?”
Melodrama was released on Friday and, by Lorde’s own admission, tells the tale of a single house party.
“I’ve talked to other artist friends about a moment in their careers when they’ve felt themselves stop getting better,” Lorde added.
“So it was almost nice, in a way, to come to this second record and realise: ‘Ooooh, I can still be crap at this.’ It meant there was still so much to learn.”
“I want to be really, really good one day. I think I’m pretty good now. I think I’ve made a good start. But I want to be Paul Simon.
“I want to be Leonard Cohen. I want to be Joni. F**king. Mitchell. And that takes time.”
Melodrama is out now.
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