The 'Green Light' singer talked about her inspirations for her new album in a New York Times profile
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Lorde might not come off as a typical pop artist — after all, revered producer Max Martin said her recent single “Green Light” was “incorrect songwriting” (something Lorde clarifies “wasn’t an insult, just a statement of fact”) — but she does seek inspiration from the genre. For example, she calls Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” “holy” in a New York Times profile posted Wednesday.

“There’s this sadness about it, where you feel young listening to it, but you feel impermanence at the same time,” she said. “When I put that song on, I’m as moved as I am by anything by David Bowie, by Fleetwood Mac, by Neil Young. It lets you feel something you didn’t know you needed to feel.”

Listeners agree: The 2010 track off Perry’s album of the same name peaked in the Hot 100’s top 10 and nabbed its singer a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

“There’s something holy about it,” Lorde added.

Elsewhere in the profile, the New Zealand singer talks about her upcoming second album, Melodrama, which will tell the story of a single house party, the Times reports. “With a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic,” she said, “and then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible.”

So far, Lorde has released “Green Light” and piano ballad “Liability” off the album, out June 16. Read the full Times profile here.