Fresh off the release of her comeback single “Solar Power,” Lorde spoke with Zane Lowe about the song, its genesis, and its inspirations on Apple Music. “I was on Martha’s Vineyard with my good friend, Cazzie, staying at her house. We had just been for a big swim, all day,” Lorde recalled of the day she began the song. “My hair was wet, and when I came back into my room, I had my a little Yamaha DX keyboard, and I just started singing… and kind of figuring this thing out.” She continued:
Zane Lowe, a native New Zealander, then told his compatriot that she captured “the sound of a New Zealand Summer.” Lorde agreed and said that she also sampled cicadas for “Solar Power.”
Soon after, Lorde discussed Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo’s background vocals on “Solar Power.” She said:
Elsewhere, Lord acknowledged her song’s sonic similarities to Primal Scream’s “Loaded.” She admitted:
I had never heard Primal Scream in my life. I’d been told to check them out. I wrote the song on the piano, and then we realized like, this is, this sounds a lot like “Loaded.” It’s one of those crazy things that like, they just were the spiritual forebears of the song. I reached out to Bobby [Gillespie], and he was so lovely about it. And he was like, You know, these things happen; you caught a vibe that we caught years ago. And he gave us his blessing. So let the record state “Loaded” is 100%, the original blueprint for this, but we arrived at it organically. And I’m glad we did.
Find the full interview below. Read “7 Great Lorde Live Performances” on the Pitch.