Let’s get this out of the way — Lorde has revealed some of the new songs from her next album, and they’re all fantastic. Probably because she’s incredibly talented. Or, perhaps it’s the fact that Lorde has a condition called synesthesia. What is synesthesia, you may ask? Good question.
In short, it’s almost like a mix of senses. One example is if someone sees a color after someone else announces a number. Another example is if someone hears a sound after smelling a particular scent. For Lorde, the sounds she hears in her songs collaborate with a color, otherwise known as chromesthesia.
Lorde also mentioned it once or twice on Twitter.
It wasn’t just the songs she released — she actually credited the condition for helping her with all of Melodrama, which is due out in June.
According to her, each song was assigned a color.
While this might be the first time you’ve heard of it, Lorde isn’t the only musician that has opened up about the condition. Pharrell, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, and Billy Joel have all hinted at it in the past. So it’s safe to say that she’s in good company. In fact, perhaps the condition — which many have throughout the entirety of their lives — helped inspire each of them to pursue music.
Once you get your hands on Melodrama, you can definitely thank Lorde for putting out such a stellar album — but perhaps you should thank synesthesia, too.