Lorde has been keeping under the radar for the past few years, but she recently reemerged into the public for a surprise performance in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 24-year-old singer joined fellow musician Marlon Williams for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher than the Rest," according to Pitchfork. Videos of the duet surfaced on social media, showing Lorde (whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor) and Williams singing together onstage, seated at a piano.
Fans have been waiting for the songstress to release new music following her 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Melodrama. Last spring, she gave listeners hope with an update: She does have a new release in the works.
"I started going back to the studio in December , just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out," she wrote to fans in May 2020. "Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening."
The singer, who is collaborating with producer Jack Antonoff on the upcoming work, also shared that her writing just "flowed," but the pandemic brought the process to a halt. "Things started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down," she added. She promised that the music will be well worth the wait though. "The work is so fucking good, my friend," she said. "I am truly jazzed for you to hear it."
Last December, Lorde published a photo book of images from a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica and revealed that the voyage was also an impetus for her to start making music again. "When I went to Antarctica, I hadn't yet started writing again after finishing Melodrama," she said in an email to fans, per Vulture. "I realised after the trip that what my brain had been craving was a visit to an alternate realm."
She described the book, Going South, as a "perfect precursor to this album in an abstract way."