She came, she saw, she conquered. Lorde finishes off her year (literally hers, as in “she owned 2013”) with a video for Team, the centerpiece of Pure Heroine and next single of the now-17 phenomenon. Last night she performed a stunning rendition of Team live at the Aria Awards, today she unveils the actual video for the brilliant song.
Lorde shows love to another ’80s classic on her contribution to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games, a dark thing of mystified beauty. She never sounded this scary, but also on top of her game as with this Tears For Fears cover. Everybody Wants To Rule The World she sings, which fits with her obsession for all things hierarchy (given her name, which is a Lord plus an e to feminize it) and kind of sounds like she’s claiming the throne. Speaking of covers, this live performance of her with Haim of the latter’s Sheryl Crow cover is pretty fantastic too.
"I’m kind of over being told to throw my hands up in the air, so there" - Lorde is quite direct to popular culture in new song Team, an ode to the small town in New Zealand she’s from and the “team spirit” there is. ”We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen / Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run free” she sings, over that already trademark energetic beat of hers. This is what she says about the song and the meaning behind it:
i am in paris as i release this. every street we drive down makes my eyes pop with the most incredible things carved in stone, and gilded on pillars, and wrought with metal; the heroes and heroines of this city aren’t so hard to find. this song’s are a little more mismatched, less classic courtesans on their pedestals, but nonetheless brilliant. this song is kinda of that world, and at the same time, very much of this one. enjoy
Lorde is at the US right now, paving her path to international superstardom. After a sold out and much-talked about show at Le Poisson Rouge last week in NYC (plenty of videos of that show on Youtube), she head over to KCRW and played some songs (including a new one Ribs) there. Her almost biting her own lip during Royals is the best, plus with that look and that hair no one is ever going to ask her ID. With her debut record Pure Heroine out on September 30, the future is looking very bright for this rising star.
No blazing guns, fantasy creatures or dancing people in the video for Tennis Court, as Lorde strips it down to the bare essence of pop music (even though pop videos essentially have one of these): the music. Just her and her pretty eyes, yet somewhat scary and unsettling.
Youngest pop star on the rise Lorde convinced many people worldwide of her talent with her The Love Club EP; in fact, she’s already some sort of pop star in New Zealand where she’s selling out gigs in less than a blink. Today she confirms that pop star on the rise status with two new songs including a new single Tennis Court.
Lyrically, Tennis Court is another smash hit, telling about her quick rise and ambition (“because I’m doin’ this for the thrill of it (killing it) / never not chasing a million things I want”) and her predicted forgotten pop star status she will have one day. It’s punchy, it’s fun, you’ll be wanting to press repeat before the track is finished. B-side Swingin’ Party (which is actually a cover of The Replacements, but most of us will know it from the Kindness cover) is everything but that and feels more like a melancholic track with barely a beat to back up “if being afraid is I crime we hang side by side / at the swingin’ party down the line.”
Youngest pop star in the making Lorde has unveiled her first visuals with the Joel Kefali-directed video for Royals. Shot in NZ, the video tells the story of short-haired friends that enjoy boxing and hanging around quite a bit. Yes, she is going to be huge.
Only sixteen year old and already destined for big things: meet Lorde, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Even though the name of her debut EP The Love Club and the somewhat scary artwork might suggest she’s one of the many Youtube guitar singers about how great/sad love is, her sound is something entirely different. The Love Club stunning 5-track gem, with some of the most playful and intruguing pop production we have heard in a long, long time. The Love Club counts five tracks which are as fun as they are energetic, with her strong and appealing voice fronting all five witty productions.