Yet another musician turns to print! In a November 24 email to her fans, Lorde announced her first book, GOING SOUTH. The book’s release date was not announced, but it is now available for preorder on the musician’s website.
GOING SOUTH chronicles a trip Lorde took to Antarctica in early 2019, which served as a creative reset for her. (She did tell us she was trying to find perfect places . . . ) The book will feature photos of that trip shot by her friend Harriet Were, as well as writing from Lorde on the experience.
Fans have been waiting three years for the follow-up to Lorde’s critically acclaimed album Melodrama, and though there was no music news in the email, Lorde called GOING SOUTH a “perfect precursor” to her unannounced third album. Said Lorde, “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 . . . 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.”
Proceeds from GOING SOUTH will be donated to Antarctica New Zealand, to fund a postgraduate scholar to study the effects of climate change on Antarctica. As you wait for your copy to ship—or if you’ve opted out of purchasing 100-page photobooks—check out this list of 30 writer-musicians you should know about.