Last night (July 16th), Lorde took to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform her recent single “Solar Power.”
The performance marked the live debut of the summery tune. Throughout the video, the New Zealand pop star sang from the rooftop of the Ed Sullivan Theater. Backed by an seven-piece band, Lorde sang surrounded by bubbles. Decked out in a stunning yellow outfit, Lorde performed in front of the New York City skyline.
Lorde delivered lines like, “But when the heat comes, something takes a hold/ Can I kick it? Yeah, I can.” As the bright performance progresses, Lorde ventures to a mirrored performance platform. As the chorus kicks in, Lorde gets surrounded by a swarm of bubbles on the mirrored riser.
Watch Lorde’s performance of Solar Power on Colbert below.
The original version of “Solar Power” was co-written and co-produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff. It also boasts backing vocals from renowned indie artists Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo. It’s definitely the song of the summer, with its explosive chorus and warm acoustic guitar line.
Lorde’s highly anticipated third album Solar Power is out on August 20th via Republic Records.
Last time Lorde appeared on Colbert, she talked about the upcoming record. The pop star says that the album is all about summer energy and the spirit of nature. In a statement she shared earlier this week, Lorde explains that the forthcoming collection is “a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
Solar Power is “joyful and big and such a good thing to experience with a bunch of people,” Lorde explains. “I’m glad that the timing worked out that I can do a tour. It’s crazy.”