Lorde has surprise released a Solar Power companion EP called Te Ao Mārama, sung in Māori.
On the new EP, Lorde sings five songs from the album in Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous language. Proceeds from the EP will go toward New Zealand charities Forest and Bird and the Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.
“Many things revealed themselves slowly to me while I was making this album, but the main realization by far was that much of my value system around caring for and listening to the natural world comes from traditional Māori principles,” Lorde wrote in a newsletter to fans. “There’s a word for it in te reo: kaitiakitanga, meaning ‘guardianship or caregiving for the sky, sea and land.'”
Stream Te Ao Mārama below.
“I’m not Māori, but all New Zealanders grow up with elements of this worldview,” Lorde continues. “Te ao Māori and tikanga Māori are a big part of why people who aren’t from here intuit our country to be kind of ‘magical,’ I think. I know I’m someone who represents New Zealand globally in a way, and in making an album about where I’m from, it was important to me to be able to say: this makes us who we are down here. It’s also just a crazy beautiful language—I loved singing in it. Even if you don’t understand te reo, I think you’ll get a kick out of how elegant my words sound in it.”
The collection sees Lorde singing “The Path,” “Solar Power,” “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” “Fallen Fruit,” and “Oceanic Feeling” in Māori. Hana Mereraiha translated the lyrics on the EP.