Lorde famously spends a lot of her time off social media and away from the public eye, making it harder for people to know more than basic trivia about her. But as of Tuesday (July 27), fans were treated to 73 facts about the 24-year-old, who’s gearing up for the Aug. 20 launch of her third album, Solar Power, thanks to an appearance on Vogue’s “73 Questions” series.
Interviewer Joe Sabia started the 13-minute interview with in-depth questions about the pop star’s work, from what words she would use to describe each of her three albums (Pure Heroine = “Teen angst,” Melodrama = “Ecstasy” and Solar Power =“Reverence”) to what samples on Melodrama still make her smile (the tiger’s roar on “Sober” and Paul Simon’s quick appearance on “Hard Feelings/LOVELESS”). Lorde, who has a music-to-color sensory condition called synesthesia, also revealed which hues each of her three records are: green, violet and gold, respectively.
She then discussed the making of her “reverent” new album, describing the work process behind Solar Power as “calm,” and sharing that the unreleased music videos will “help to build the universe” of her new era. She divulged that “California” is the song on the album she’s most excited to dance to and noted that the album’s lead single/title track “Solar Power” won’t be the last on the album to feature cicada sounds.
“I started recording cicadas a couple years ago in New Zealand, they really sound like a New Zealand summer to me,” she said. “But I didn’t know about Brood X at the time, so I’m ahead of the trend.”
She also passed on the best advice her longtime producer and collaborator Jack Antonoff has given her: “Don’t let me ruin your life more than I already have.”
Sabia went on to ask Lorde about her personal influences, from style (David Bowie), to art (Lynette Yiadom-Boakye) to music (Natalie Imbruglia, who inspired parts of Solar Power). She went on to drop a couple big names too, like the person she’s been the most starstruck to meet — Taylor Swift — and the musician she most wants to collaborate with: “I kind of want to talk to Harry Styles,” she said.
Lorde has taken a special interest in climate change these past couple years, and spoke briefly in the video about her trip to Antarctica, as well as her decision to sell Solar Power only as “music boxes” rather than CDs. Though she’s said before that this was an attempt to reduce her carbon footprint, she revealed that there’s a little more to it: “Everything that I make physically, I want it to be something that I would have in my house, and I don’t have any CDs in my house.”
Watch Lorde answer 73 questions with Vogue below: