On the day Lorde unveiled details of her upcoming album, Solar Power, the pop star also took a virtual tour of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She spoke about the catchy LP cover art, her upcoming touring plans and what it’s been like living in New Zealand over the past year or so.
After remembering the first time they met – in 2019, when Colbert visited Auckland and pranked Lorde with the old snake gag in a can of peanuts – the host asked Lorde what was going on in New Zealand during the pandemic was like. She noted that she had come to New York at one point to complete solar power, but: “For the most part New Zealand felt like the place to be. It was such a crazy experience to have COVID so contained and then go to New York… We’re lucky to have a really calm and stable government, you know. And we really felt taken care of by them. It must be nice.
They then got down to discussing the new album and her eponymous single, inevitably touching on the cover art that caused an internet sensation. Apparently, CBS standards and practices wouldn’t even allow Colbert to show Solar Power’s cover because it features an image of “where the sun doesn’t shine”. Ignoring daddy’s joke, Lorde explained, “My friend just took it; it was just me jumping over a friend on a beach… it was so happy for me. It was innocent and playful, and a little wild and, I don’t know, sexy.
Colbert noted that the image “actually matches the moment” with his feeling of freedom, adding, “If I had an ass like that, I would jump over someone too.”
“You have to do it while you have it, you know?” Lorde joked.
The couple then discussed the joys of performing in front of the audience again, with Lorde planning their world tour for 2022. (Tickets for which, by the way, can be found on Ticketmaster or in the secondary market.) Lorde then revealed that she had planned on coming soon to the Ed Sullivan Theater in person to “show you a little bit about solar energy”.
While waiting for her IRL Late Show performance, watch Lorde’s interview with Colbert below.
Solar Power, meanwhile, will be released on August 20 and serve as the long-awaited sequel to the pop star’s latest LP, 2017’s Melodrama.