Bobby gave Lorde his blessing (Picture: Getty)
Primal Scream are ‘flattered’ that Lorde’s Solar Power was influenced by them.
The New Zealand singer released Solar Power, her first single in four years, back in June, and it’s a slice of laidback sunshine.
However, on the chorus, you may be reminded of Primal Scream’s 1990 track Loaded, which was produced by Andrew Weatherall and featured on their album Screamadelica.
Lorde, 24, admitted that Primal Scream were the ‘spiritual forebears’ of Solar Power and now, the band’s frontman Bobby Gillespie has heaped praise on the popstar.
The 59-year-old told NME: ‘I need to hear [the whole album]. I’ve heard that one track. I was watching the Italy vs Spain match and they were playing Lorde over the goals at the end. It’s incredible.
‘I’m really, really flattered, we all are. Everyone in Primal Scream is flattered that she was influenced by Loaded. It’s really cool.’
Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor said she had never heard Loaded before she wrote Solar Power, but called the song by the Scottish band ‘the original blueprint’.
She told Zane Lowe on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1: ‘I had never heard Primal Scream in my life. I’d been told to check them out. I wrote the song on the piano and then we realised it sounds a lot like Loaded. It’s just one of those crazy things that they just were the spiritual forebears of the song.’
Lorde spoke to Bobby about the similarities and said the rocker was ‘so lovely about it’, adding: ‘He was like, “You know, these things happen, you caught a vibe that we caught years ago”. And he gave us his blessing.
‘So let the record state Loaded is 100 per cent the original blueprint for this, but we arrived at it organically. And I’m glad we did.’
The band then gave a shout out to Lorde on Twitter, writing: ‘We @lorde new single!’
Solar Power has also been compared to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90.
The track, which is a far cry from the star’s usual brooding tunes, is the first off Lorde’s upcoming third album of the same name, which is set for release this autumn.
Lorde will then be taking the album on the road next year, including dates in Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London.
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