The first clue we receive to the clip’s concept of split-selves comes in the video’s very first moments, as a red-clad Lorde wakes up from a cosy doona – a frame fans will instantly recognise as recalling the cover of Lorde’s 2017 album Melodrama.
She then moves across the beach, meeting and interacting with two other iterations of her own self.
The singer-songwriter has described the idea thusly:
“This song is me in communication with another version of me, trying to send along the wisdom I’ve started to gather along the way. When we were plotting the video, Joel [Little, long-time collaborator] brought up some old film and TV tropes about groupings of women. It inspired me to identify three distinct parts of myself, and imagine what would happen if these parts were able to meet… the Child in her purple lipstick and silver jewelry, big curls thrown over to one side, skipping and bouncing like I did as a six year old; the Lover, a baby woman in red with a little diamanté eye, waking up hungover and divine; and the Gardener, me at my wisest and most crunchy, dressed in my own clothes… I hope you love it.”
The track also features vocals by dance-pop legend Robyn, whose dreamy voiceover declares: “Your emotional baggage can be picked up at carousel number two, Please be careful so it doesn’t fall onto someone you love. When we’ve reached your final destination, I will leave you to it.”
Solar Power by Lorde is out now via Universal.