While we’re all not-so-patiently waiting for Lorde to announce the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Melodrama’, she’s giving us a little gift to keep us going, announcing that she’ll be releasing a brand new photo book called ‘GOING SOUTH’.
Made up of over 100 pages of photos and writing, the book follows her journey to Antartica in early 2019, with pictures captured by her friend Harriet Were.
Confirming the release in her newsletter, she says, “When I went to Antartica, I hadn’t yet started writing again after finishing Melodrama. I realised after the trip that what my brain had been craving was a visit to an alternate realm. Albums live in their own realms in a way, and Antarctica really acted as this great white palette cleanser, a sort of celestial foyer I had to move through in order to start making the next thing. In the plane coming down to land, I had this very intense bolt-of-lightning thought, which in all its eloquence was literally ‘DON’T MAKE SHIT RECORDS’, lol. I’ll always hold this trip up as a life highlight for many reasons, but I’m particularly grateful for it as one that showed me the beginnings of the new world which I continue to build, and am very excited to start showing you soon.”
“The book is a sort of perfect precursor to this album in an abstract way,” she continues, “and it’s a cool little piece of the Lorde cinematic universe for you to own if you’d like to.”
All proceeds from the book will be going towards a scholarship fund for an Antarctica New Zealand postgraduate scholar to study the science of climate change, and is available to pre-order here.
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