by Marco Ovies
When you hear the title “Stoned at the Nail Salon” by Lorde you think it would be the kind of song you should be bumping at the club at 1 am. Especially after Lorde’s release of “Solar Power”, I thought the era of sad Lorde was over. Instead, here I am, absolutely crushed by Lorde’s latest project. And I’m loving every second of it.
“Stoned at the Nail Salon” is the second single off of Solar Power, Lorde’s highly anticipated third album. In a press release, Lorde said: “This song is sort of a rumination on getting older, settling into domesticity, and questioning if you’ve made the right decisions. I think lots of people start asking those questions of themselves around my age, and it was super comforting to me writing them down, hoping they’d resonate with others too. I used this song as a dumping ground for so many thoughts…”.
Once again, Lorde has perfectly captured the thoughts of her whole generation. I’m sure every twenty-something-year-old will find something they can relate to in this song.
While speaking about the song with Zane Lowe on New Music Daily, she said that this track was “pretty much all [Jack Antonoff] just playing everything — playing bass, playing beautiful guitar — and then I arranged all the vocals, had [Phoebe Bridgers], [Clairo], and all the boys come and sing. But yeah, it’s definitely one of the quietest, most introspective, and internal moments on the record.”
Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo also provided backing vocals on “Solar Power” and I’m sure they will be appearing elsewhere on the album. All I can do is try and mentally prepare myself for the utter heartbreak I will feel from hearing an album that has collaborations from the masters of heartbreaking indie pop.