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Lorde releases two new tracks ‘Hold No Grudge’ and ‘Helen Of Troy’

The singer said the tracks were the “black sheep” of her latest album 'Solar Power', but still “big tunes”

By Hollie Geraghty

Lord poses in a silky dress in front of greenery and the sea
Lorde returned with her third album 'Solar Power' in August. (Photo: Press)

Lorde has shared two new songs, ‘Hold No Grudge’ and ‘Helen Of Troy’, as bonus tracks from the deluxe version of her latest album ‘Solar Power’.

The singer announced the tracks in a newsletter to fans earlier this week, describing them as the “black sheep” of the album, but still “big tunes”.

Speaking about the more uptempo ‘Hold No Grudge’ in a press release, Lorde said: “HNG is a sort of composite portrait of when relationships turn sour, being trapped in the ice but remembering the warmth.” 

Of the harmonic ‘Helen Of Troy’, she added: “We wrote it super quickly in the tiniest room at Westlake where we did a bunch of Melo and it was fun the whole time. It’s super off the cuff lyrically, almost ad-libbed, and you can hear me starting to figure out some album themes…” 

She also added that the song was “just me talking trash” to make collaborator Jack Antonoff laugh.

The singer released her third album, ‘Solar Power’, in August.

Listen to the tracks below.

Recently, Lorde opened up about feeling “isolated” living away from family and friends during the pandemic, revealing that she is living in New York ahead of a huge 2022 tour.

In a letter to fans at the end of October the singer spoke about her experience of an unexpectedly “tough” year.

“The pandemic has continued to make things difficult, lonely, or dangerous for absolutely everyone in varying degrees, but outside of that, 2021 has been tough in completely unexpected ways,” she wrote.

“Being away from home at a time where the country’s struggling to contain the virus, feeling isolated from friends and loved ones there. Looking out at the country I’m in and feeling estranged from so much of what I see, and knowing it feels as estranged from me.”

She also spoke about how the isolation of the pandemic led her to reconsider her choice to step back from social media.

“I was so sure skipping the negatives (compulsive time-wasting, IV drip of dread, satisfying but hollow validation loop) would outweigh missing out on the positives (feeling like part of a community, hearing your sweet words, hitting you back). But I’ve really, really missed you,” she wrote.