Lorde wanted to look like an "attic moth" on 'Saturday Night Live'.
The 20-year-old singer returned to live performance on the sketch show at the weekend, giving a rendition of two of her new tracks, 'Green Light' and 'Liability', and on the latter ballad, she donned a white gown and elaborate headdress which she felt reflected the melancholy tone of the track.
Asked by a fan if her intention was to look like a "super sad bride ditched at the alter" or if she was "wedded to herself", she explained on Twitter: "wanted to look like an attic moth, no sparkle, swaddled and floating. something so sad about white (sic)"
In order to feel at home on the show, Lorde decorated the piano which accompanied her with a number of personal items.
She shared a photo on Twitter and said: "brought all of our things to place on the piano and make it feel like where we sat and wrote the song
"feat my best candles, lorrie moore's book 'self help', baby's-breath flowers, framed pic of robyn that sits on jack's piano, obama (sic)"
Lorde revealed last week her long-awaited new album, 'Melodrama', will be released on June 16 and the star teased the exciting news with the release of an entirely separate "sister" track to the compilation titled 'Liability'.
The brunette beauty posted a string of tweets to broadcast the news.
She wrote: "oh, and also, Melodrama has an official release date: JUNE 16. you can preorder it here https://lorde.lnk.to/melodrama
"i wanted you to have a new song from Melodrama, a new chapter of the story - this is Liability (sic)."
The 'Royals' hitmaker has been left feeling "big and intense" after dropping the record.
She continued: "wow feels big and intense having liability out in the world strange part of myself for a lot of people to look at
"ps. not a single for those asking, just a strange little sister of this album really. but i love it (sic)."
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