With the release of her album Melodrama scheduled for next week, Lorde has shared a fourth track from the LP. Listen to “Sober” above, courtesy of her YouTube.
“Sober” is a dance-driven tune supported with deep, jungle-like beats and horns. Lyrically, the song focuses on getting high and drinking on the weekend but then asks, “What will we do when we’re sober?”
The 20-year-old artist explained the story behind the song on Twitter:
i wanna tell you about sober
so the first inklings of sober came to me in the back of an uber, and then properly at jack and lena’s kitchen table. i BOLTED to the studio
i’ll never forget writing the first demo it was like a trance i guided jack to the chords almost wordlessly with my hands on his shoulders
it was this really intense booming slow synth thing with a drum outro for ages then malay came thru on my birthday & cracked the code on it
came up with the “midnight, lose my mind” pitched sample on a sinfully hot day in palm springs and also started sober II that day as well
but this song was so important to me because it felt like pop music i hadn’t heard before, this sprawling brass & strange vocal syncopation
& i think we expressed the emotions so purely- it’s leaning & drawling, juvenile & triumphant – impressing someone then embarrassing urself
& that late-saturday-night declaration “WE PRETEND THAT WE JUST DON’T CARE / BUT WE CARE” tasted as fresh & new in my mouth as ice water
Melodrama is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017. Pick it up on Amazon.