Indy Yelich O’Connor, the younger sister of Lorde, announced her debut EP “Threads” for release on February 17th via TMWRK Records. The EP includes the new single “Hometown” as well as previously released tracks “Killer” and “Threads”.
“Hometown” shares similarities with Lorde’s style, particularly in its suburban setting and reflective production.
Indy sings about her past experiences and reflects on the past with lyrics like “Nineteen and we haunted streets that we knew so well,” and “I cut my feet on the love and the lust I felt.” She also muses on the possibility of returning to a friendship with someone she knew in her hometown, singing “You’re wonderin’ if we’ll go back to bein’ friends.” The song is sung with a deep, throaty voice that is reminiscent of Lorde’s own style.
In a statement, Indy said that “Hometown” is about the memories from her teenage years in suburbia that she will never forget. She described the song as nostalgic and evocative of the feelings of driving through the suburbs, revisiting an ex’s house, returning from the big city, and staying at her parents’ place.
She also mentions how the song is about having to let go of people from the past and the emotions that come with it. She says that everyone has someone from their past that they hold close and that this song talks about the first inklings of real love, innocence, and sadness of having to let go.
In 2022, Lorde spent most of the year touring in support of her third studio album, Solar Power. In November, she wrote to her fans in a newsletter and talked about the difficulties of touring in the post-pandemic industry. She wrote that for artists, promoters and crews, the situation is at an almost unprecedented level of difficulty. She explained that there are three years’ worth of shows happening in one, combined with a global economic downturn, and people’s understandable wariness about health risks at concerts.
Stream the full song below.