In case you missed it, weekend one of Coachella wrapped up yesterday with a slew of outstanding performances. Among those was a pre-headlining set from Lorde, marking her first large-scale performance behind her forthcoming album Melodrama after a warm-up show two days earlier.
She used the opportunity to debut a handful of new songs from the record that we can only hope make their way into the world soon. First up was “Homemade Dynamite,” a danceable track that seems primed for radio play as the next single. As Lorde described it, Melodrama is meant to capture the feeling of a night out, from the high to the low, and “Homemade Dynamite” is about the part “where everything is good.”
It was followed up by the strung-together pairing of “Sober” and the album’s title track, which saw Lorde embracing more expansive instrumentation than she did on her 2013 debut, including some truly triumphant horns and strings parts, to great effect. Those songs, preceded by Pure Heroine standout “Ribs,” felt like the performance’s centerpiece moment, and feel likely to be the album’s emotional climax. If Lorde is to embrace a more maximalist-minded brand of pop music, these songs are the way it should be done.
Melodrama is out June 16 via Republic Records. Check out a fan-shot video of “Homemade Dynamite” above, revisit previous singles “Green Light” and “Liability” here and here, and join us in waiting impatiently for more official releases from the album.