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Lorde premieres new song “Perfect Places” — listen

The Pure Heroine follow-up arrives in a little over two weeks

photo by Philip Cosores
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    Lorde is inching ever closer to the release of her sophomore album, Melodrama. Co-produced with the help of fun./Bleachers member Jack Antonoff, the 11-track effort chronicles a major period of transition for the New Zealand pop star: She not only bid farewell to her teenage years, but also experienced her first major breakup.

    “My heart broke. I moved out of home and into the city and I made new friends and started to realize that no-one is just good or bad, that everyone is both,” Lorde wrote in an extensive album update last November. “I started to discover in a profound, scary, blood-aching way who I was when I was alone, what I did when I did things only for myself.”

    (Read: The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017)

    “I was reckless and graceless and terrifying and tender,” she continued, “I threw sprawling parties and sat in restaurants until the early hours, learning what it’s like to be an adult, even talking like one sometimes, until I caught myself. All I wanted to do was dance.”

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    That sense of dance floor euphoria, coupled with a purging of emotions, can be felt throughout Lorde’s latest Melodrama preview, “Perfect Places”. “Every night, I live and die — feel the party to my bones,” she can be heard singing prior to the track’s all-consuming chorus. “Watch the wasters blow the speakers, spill my guts beneath the outdoor light. It’s just another graceless night.”

    Stream it below.

    Melodrama, the follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine, lands on shelves June 16th. For more, give a listen to “Liability”“Green Light” and its corresponding Chromeo remix.

    Melodrama Tracklist:
    01. Green Light
    02. Sober
    03. Homemade Dynamite
    04. The Louvre
    05. Liability
    06. Hard Feelings/Loveless
    07. Sober II (Melodrama)
    08. Writer in the Dark
    09. Supercut
    10. Liability (Reprise)
    11. Perfect Places

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