Lorde has shared “Stoned At The Nail Salon” from her forthcoming album, Solar Power.
Co-written and co-produced by Jack Antonoff, the warm, emotive new single revolves around a smooth guitar line. The minimal instrumental riff allows Lorde’s captivating, vulnerable vocals to truly shine. Throughout the tune, Lorde weaves in and out of raspy solo vocals and layered choral moments. Lorde sings lines like, “And all the times, they will change, it’ll all come around/ I don’t know/ Maybe I’m just stoned at the nail salon.”
“The song is sort of a rumination on getting older, settling into domesticity, and questioning if you’ve made the right decisions,” Lorde explains. “I think lots of people start asking those questions of themselves around my age, and it was super comforting to me writing them down, hoping they’d resonate with others too. I used this song as a dumping ground for so many thoughts…”
Listen to “Stoned At The Nail Salon” below.
“Stoned At The Nail Salon” serves as the follow-up to the album’s title track. “Solar Power” saw the New Zealand pop artist uniting with Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers for a song of the summer. he track slowly builds into an explosive chorus that sees Lorde crooning over a warm acoustic guitar line.
The upcoming album will be all about summer energy and the spirit of nature. In a statement, she says that it’s “a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
Lorde also recently performed “Solar Power” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 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.
Solar Power is out on August 20th via Universal.