Lorde Says It's "Insulting" to Suggest 'Solar Power' Is Another "Jack Antonoff Record"
"I've made a Lorde record and he's helped me make it — and very much deferred to me on production and arrangement"
Published Aug 12, 2021Lorde's very aware of the Jack Antonoff discourse, and she's not having it.
In an interview with the New York Times, the artist addressed the growing antagonism amongst fans and critics about preeminent producer Antonoff's work with a cluster of high-profile women in pop — including Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent and Clairo — and the tendency to lump them together.
Lorde jokingly referred to this elite group as "Jack's stable," implying that she's been reduced to just another broodmare.
"I haven't made a Jack Antonoff record," she said of her forthcoming album Solar Power. "I've made a Lorde record — and he's helped me make it and very much deferred to me on production and arrangement. Jack would agree with this. To give him that amount of credit is frankly insulting."
Lorde is also insulted by the "sexist" narrative's speculation of romantic entanglement between her and the producer, who she also worked with on her beloved 2017 sophomore release Melodrama.
"No one who's in a job that isn't my job has a relationship like the one I have with Jack," she said. "He's like a partner to me; we're in a relationship. It's not a romantic relationship, but we've been in it for seven years, and it's a really unique thing," admitting that she doesn't really begrudge people's lack of understanding its nature.
The pop star feels similarly about Antonoff's go-to techniques of bringing a song to life, telling interviewer Joe Coscarelli:
I know that there are certain hallmarks of what Jack does and some of those things I really love and some of them I don't like. And I beat them out of the work that we do together. I say this with so much love and affection, but I feel like we're doing up a house together and he's like, "Look at this serviette that I fashioned into the shape of two swans! Look at this set of woven baskets!" And I'm like, "Great — one per room."
It's clear even from Lorde's reverence for her craft — which she recently ruminated on while handling hot wings like a stone-cold killer — that she's the true pilot of executing her artistic vision.
In more recent Solar Power press, Lorde also revealed why she takes such long breaks between albums.