Free Music Downloads: “Green Light” & “Liability” by Lorde

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Remember Lorde? The teenage singing prodigy behind 2014’s “Royals?” She’s back with a vengeance.

With Melodrama, her 2nd studio album set to drop on June 16, and a primetime slot at Coachella next month, Lorde has released two singles now available on Trebel that are sure to jump into heavy rotation and whet your appetite for the full record.

Early indications are that in writing and recording Melodrama, Lorde, a New Zealander whose given name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, took a few cues from her neighbor to the west, Australian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sia, whose genius we’ve told you about before. Lorde is 20 years old now, yet she’s talking about “putting makeup on in different cars” and “buy different drinks in the same bars,” which I guess is a thing if you’re a Kiwi. I had to use a fake when I was 20, but I digress. My guess is Lorde doesn’t need to buy many of her own drinks these days.

A clear statement to everyone who doubted her staying power and may have written her off as a one-hit wonder or flash-in-the-pan, “Green Light” proves that Lorde is here to stay; and if she keeps making songs like this, she could make a play at iconoclast status, like many before her who started young and achieved superstardom (Madonna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus). The melodies and lyrics are cleverly written with neat patter in the verses leading up to the cathartic dance fest chorus.

She exudes attitude in the song and the sultry SNL performance below. From her husky, newly cigarette burned raspy whisper through the verses culminating in liberating shrieks that punctuate the chorus this video represents a more liberated version of the demure silky-tongued teen who gave us the single “Royals” from her debut, Pure Heroine some 4 years ago.

As with a ton of modern pop songs, this one lives and dies by its crazy energetic MDMA-infused house beat that drops backdropped by a choir of “I’m waiting for it, that green light” over which Lorde sings “I’ll be seeing you down every road,” a super-catchy girl power anthem that is just an all out fun tune.

The song isn’t particularly complex, but it’s one you’ll probably hear echoing through the Indio Polo Grounds of Coachella, and probably every bar or dance club else this summer. Give yourself the green light and let loose for this one.

Check out Lorde’s recent SNL performance below and download “Green Light” for free on Trebel today.

“Liability” is the polar opposite of its co-single “Green Light.” Where “Green Light” thrives on exotic, anthemic piano leads and choral swells, “Liability” is incredibly sparse and vulnerable with Lorde’s seductive rasp backed by only a plaintive piano. Think Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” but the female edition.

I have to wonder why Lorde is releasing her slow-down song right out of the gate. It’s not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s certainly unorthodox, dare I say audacious, to release a tear jerking ballad as your pre-album release single, unless of course your name is Adele.

The lyrics take center stage in “Liability” and they’re self-deprecating, self-aware, and ultimately relatable to the point where it hurts. You can tell that Lorde wants to show she’s grown up on this album. Her subject matter is far more mature than Pure Heroine and the melodies are fresh and inventive. I wouldn’t be surprised if several songs from this album end up on the Billboard charts simply as a result of the WOW factor at how much she’s grown both as a woman and an artist.

The self-effacing vulnerability she displays singing lines like,”the truth is I am a toy that people enjoy until all of the tricks don’t work any more and then they get bored with me” is reminiscent of the best and most passionate Sia singles and I can definitely see her trending in Sia’s more avant-garde direction.

The ballad is a self-deprecating indeed somewhat melodramatic lament over a lover’s inability to commit; whether the guilty party is the speaker or the listener, is up for interpretation, but the most memorable line “you’re gonna watch me disappear into the sun,” a haunting evocation of the Icarus myth, is a statement that no matter what happens, this young lady is acting on her own terms.

For evidence of this, take a look at her very specific conceit in her SNL rendering of “Liability,” especially as it pertains to the title of the record, Melodrama. She’s not as reclusive a performer as Sia, and she’s not as flamboyant as Lady Gaga, but she is similar to both, especially on slow songs (see Gaga’s “Million Reasons”) in that she is intentional: note the white dress (is it a habit or a wedding veil?) and you’ll see she sits back-to-back on the bench with her male pianist in her shadow sending a hint of the separation and loneliness that the song connotes, and this simple conceit complements the song nicely.

Will her audacity of simplicity end up being a liability in its own right? Let us know what you think in the comments.

And be sure to download “Liability” on Trebel today, the only free and licensed music download app with offline playback.

About Mark Richardson

Mark writes, sings, and enjoys an exceptionally wide array of music. As good a chance you'll find him dancing to trap as moshing to heavy metal. Favorite Trebel artists are Rae Sremmurd, Volbeat, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Avenged Sevenfold. New music recommendations? HMU!

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