New video from pop star Lorde shows singer blissfully taking a hit from a bong

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“Blink three times when you feel it kicking in,” she sings.

FILE: New Zealand singer Lorde poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on Mar. 6, 2015 in Paris. / PHOTO BY PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

 

The “Solar Power” video from the artist known as Lorde is sure to brighten the mood of cannabis enthusiasts as the two-time Grammy winner is depicted taking a single haul on a bong that immediately lifts her energy.

Bathed in a sunny yellow two-piece — an underwire crop top and a hip-hugging, bell-shaped ankle-length skirt — Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, dances to the centre of the shot as two women wearing soft, beachy dresses in cream, beige and sandy brown, join her from the left and right.

“Come on and let the bliss begin,” she sings on the platform, followed by the beach scene transforming into a quick shot of her running into a greener-than-green field before the camera returns to a now-larger platform on the shore, this time joined by her two dozen beach buddies.

“Blink three times when you feel it kicking in. That solar-olar-olar power,” Lorde, 24, sings, as the others, dressed in off-whites, soft caramels, faded greens and florals, stand still and look into the camera.

Lorde then starts to dance more energetically in front of the group, with subsequent shots showing members of the group in a rapture-like dance, smelling flowers, playing chess(?) at small tables along the shore, lying in the sun while cooling themselves with flower-like fans and dancing into the water.

Towards the end, the group is seen carrying Lorde in an umbrella-covered chair, perhaps evoking an earlier song line, “I’m kinda like a prettier Jesus.”

Merry Jane quips that something as simple as “smoking weed” might be the answer to the question: What has the pop star been doing since her last release? The new video, it notes, is “a flower-power-style stoner fantasy.”

For anyone doubting the weed reference in “Solar Power,” Lorde’s upcoming third album and her first in four years, perhaps they need look no further than “Stoned at the Nail Salon.”

After taking a pull, Lorde then starts to dance more energetically in front of the group. /

After taking a pull, Lorde then starts to dance more energetically in front of the group. / PHOTO BY SCREEN CAPTURE, SOLAR POWER

That song is meant to explain searching and being unsure about whether or not the right path has been taken, Lorde told The Guardian, emphasizing that the song is certainly not limited to cannabis. Citing loneliness, she says of the song, “maybe it is sad, but I’m very comfortable in the periods of limbo, or times where I feel afraid or vulnerable.”

Of “Solar Power,” when asked if she was smoking a bong of sorts, Lorde confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that that was the idea. “Yes, I am. I took your standard apple bong and made it a bit more chic, a bit more me,” she said.

In its interview with the artist, The Guardian reports the new album seems to glorify the tides, seasons and evolution of a feeling, bringing to life the blissful obscurity the now Twitter- and Instagram-deleted Lorde feels living in Auckland.

A fan post notes, iTunes is showing the length of Stoned at the Nail Salon, which could indicate a release soon. /

A fan post notes, iTunes is showing the length of Stoned at the Nail Salon, which could indicate a release soon. / PHOTO BY LORDEINFO, INSTAGRAM

“And I throw my cellular device in the water, Can you reach me? No, you can’t (aha),” she sings in “Solar Power.”

As it stands, though, the whole of New Zealand is without legal recreational cannabis. Last year, 48.4 per cent of Kiwi adults voted in favour of legalizing the production and sale of cannabis for individuals 20 and older compared to 50.7 per cent who gave it the thumbs-down.

The results seem at odds with a survey of Kiwi students, released last fall, showing almost 93 per cent reported that instituting laws doesn’t deter them from consuming weed. With bud already a part of their culture, no amount of rulemaking and finger-wagging is likely to change that, the survey found.

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