Lorde has sunk into very deep thoughts right now.
On Tuesday (July 21), the New Zealand singer dropped â€œStoned at the Nail Salon,â€ the second but very self-reflective single for her upcoming album Solar Power.
Unlike her previous singleâ€™s bright disposition, â€œStoned at the Nail Salonâ€ has a more mellow atmosphere, musing about the concept of how people grow and evolve at different points of their lives. â€œWell, my hot blood’s been burning for so many summers now / It’s time to cool it down, wherever that leads,â€ Lorde sings. She reminds us that eventually time wins every battle: â€œâ€˜Cause all the beautiful girls, they will fade like the roses.â€
Lorde also sings about how there comes a time when you move on from reckless activities: â€œGot a memory of waiting in your bed wearing only my earrings / We’d go dancing all over the landmines under our town / But the sun has to rise.â€ Along with that growth comes how your personal tastes will change: â€œ’Cause all the music you loved at 16 you’ll grow out of.â€ Is she referring to the idea that fans might grow out of her old music? She did become famous at 16 when her first album Pure Heroine debuted. Now, sheâ€™s musing about how itâ€™s better to â€œspend all the evenings you can with the people who raised you.â€
But there is a wave of uncertainty; is Lorde overthinking? â€œI don’t know / Maybe I’m just / Maybe I’m just stoned at the nail salon again,â€ she muses.
Fans reacted to the new single with surprise because they expected â€œStoned at the Nail Salonâ€ would bring similar vibes to â€œSolar Power.â€
â€œThis song is sort of a rumination on getting older, settling into domesticity, and questioning if youâ€™ve made the right decisions,â€ Lorde said in a statement. â€œI think lots of people start asking those questions of themselves around my age, and it was super comforting to me writing them down, hoping theyâ€™d resonate with others too. I used this song as a dumping ground for so many thoughts.â€
Lorde will perform â€œStoned at the Nail Salonâ€ for the first time on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight, while also joining the host for an interview. This will be the first time the show will have a full-production musical performance since March 2020 and marks Lordeâ€™s first appearance on the show since 2017. The performance also follows her rooftop â€œSolar Powerâ€ performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week.
Solar Power follows her 2017 album Melodrama and is set to be released on August 20.