Lorde shared a new song, “Liability,” on Thursday — and gave her upcoming album an official release date. The New Zealand singer-songwriter’s sophomore effort will arrive June 16.
“I wanted you to have a new song from Melodrama, a new chapter of the story,” Lorde wrote in a tweet sharing “Liability.” The stripped-down piano ballad juxtaposes sharply with “Green Light,” the uptempo single she shared last week. Jack Antonoff co-produced both tracks.
Lorde also appeared on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe to discuss the new song. “I was in this cab alone listening to ‘Higher’ by Rihanna because Anti and just come out,” she said. “And I had a little cry and I was just like, ‘It’s always going to be this way, at some point with everyone it’s going to be this way.’ But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talisman for me. I was like, you know what, I’m always gonna have myself so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself.”
Lorde will perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend. She’s also slated for a number of high-profile festivals this year, including Coachella and Bonnaroo.