Lorde has spent most of 2016 away from the spotlight, but now that she's officially no longer a teen, she's offered a much-needed report on her whereabouts.
The New Zealand singer posted an update to Facebook just after turning 20 early Monday morning (November 7). In it, she explained why she's been keeping quiet — and what we can expect from the follow-up to her 2014 debut, Pure Heroine.
"All my life I’ve been obsessed with adolescence, drunk on it," she wrote. "Even when I was little, I knew that teenagers sparkled. I knew they knew something children didn’t know, and adults ended up forgetting. Since 13 I’ve spent my life building this giant teenage museum, mausoleum maybe, dutifully wolfishly writing every moment down, and repeating it all back like folklore. And now there isn’t any more of it."
Her teen years might be over, but Lorde's already looking forward to the next chapter. Her next album, she wrote, will be all about the transition from teenager to fledgling adult.
"Writing Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record - well, this one is about what comes next."
So when can we expect to hear it? "I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing - I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show," Lorde wrote. "I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You'll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand."
We'll be right here whenever she's ready.