20 May 2020 04:35
Lorde has been hard at work on her new album, and on Tuesday the "Royals" singer offered an update to fans via a lengthy newsletter. RELATED: Lorde Hints At New Music, Says Her Time In Quarantine Has Been 'Very Productive' She opened up about the death of her dog Pearl, which led to a creative dry spell that delayed work on the upcoming album. "It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me," she continued. In December, she explained, she returned to the studio, "just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out. Things were moving forward in a positive direction, she shared, as she worked with producer Jack Antonoff.
It's been years since we last heard from Lorde, at least in terms of her, like, doin' stuff, but it sounds like that's about to change—or it would have been about to change, if not for there being some kind of "coronavirus" going around that's preventing her from meeting up with noted hit-maker Jack Antonoff. Case in point, she opens the message like this: "Do you wear your hair long or short now? Lorde says her dog died last summer, which hit her so hard that she had difficulty making music, but in December she started going back into the studio "just for something to do" and was surprised that some "good things came out." She then started working on new music more seriously, flying out to Los Angeles from time to time to work with Antonoff, but just as "a thing started to take shape," the pandemic happened and complicated their work. Working again with producer Jack Antonoff, Lorde outlined their process (going between Auckland and Los Angeles) and how losing her dog impacting the process. "It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me," she wrote.
Lorde notes, however, that good things are usually worth the wait, though she sympathizes with fans' impatience. "I understand— I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths," she wrote. "But as I get older I realise there's something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you." Lorde also addresses her feelings on touring in the email, writing that she found "the combination of brutal stage fright and having no fixed home and no connection with what I ate or where I lived extremely grim," though she's looking forward to getting back on the road again — whenever that becomes possible. I know you may not be afforded that where you live, and I hope you're taking it one day at a time and trying not to feel too destroyed by the news. It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me.
And then, of course, the world shut down," Lorde wrote in the email while quarantining in her home country of New Zealand, according to a screenshot of the email that fan account @lordestars posted on Instagram. Despite the unexpected roadblock the pandemic caused, Lorde assured, "We're still working away — jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything." Unfortunately, this new project will 'take a while longer," the pop princess admitted. But as I get older I realise there's something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you," she continued in the email blast, adding, "I can tell you, this new thing, it's got its own colours now. Touching on why she pumped the breaks on doing back-to-back concerts, Lorde explained in her email, "I know I needed a break from touring at the the end of the last cycle. The singer revealed the heartbreaking news in an email blast in Nov. 2019, writing, "I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this [album] for you.