Thursday, September 24, 2015

Big song alert: Disclosure + Lorde - Magnets

Last time Disclosure teamed up with Lorde, they performed a slightly wonky mash-up of White Noise and Royals at the Brits.

So it's a relief to hear that their first studio collaboration is a little bit more confident. Magnets is a space-age love song, with Lorde singing that she's gone "past the point of no return" in those silky, sulky vocals of hers. But don't worry - her dry humour hasn't evaporated. "Pretty girls don't know the things I know," she drawls in the second verse.

Speaking about the song to Rolling Stone, Howard Lawrence said: "That's the most equal collaboration on the record. She turned up on her own, no management or bodyguard. You can really hear her sound - she has this sassy yet vulnerable thing."

Magnets premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats1 radio show last night, where Lorde gave an update on the follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine.

"The challenge for me as a songwriter is, 'How do I tell all these friends that I've made around the world how I'm feeling, while still making something they can listen to and relate to going to college and leaving home or whatever?'" she said, adding: "I think I just hit on the sonic blueprint of it, which is exciting."

You can hear Magnets via the Spotify player below, or on Apple Music.

If you don't subscribe to either of those services, there's a preview on Disclosure's Twitter feed.

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