Lorde

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Lorde

By Molly Labell

Looking for some new music that’s chill enough to play in the background of a party but also fun enough to get people dancing? Then you’ll go crazy for Lorde, a 16 year old singer and songwriter quickly gaining fame and fans in her native New Zealand and around the world. Lorde—who’s known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor to her high school classmates—has a voice that’s alternately light and soulful (a kind of younger Lana Del Rey) that works perfectly for her pop and synth inspired tunes.  Her lyrics have a surprising depth for a genre that’s often devoid of any; the fact that she writes them herself will surely invoke jealousy in grown-ups twice her age. Lorde’s songs also have a healthy and refreshing dose of self-awareness. Take “Royals” (the second song off of her first album, The Love Club), a sort of anthem for normal kids everywhere who aren’t concerned with living the flashy lifestyle of teens on TV; she sings about her “torn-up town” and tells us “we'll never be royals/ it don't run in our blood / that kind of lux just ain't for us /we crave a different kind of buzz.” Of the song (the catchiest and strongest, in my opinion) she explains “what I tried to do is make something you could understand. A lot of people think teenagers live in this world like 'Skins' every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren't doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some s**** stop.” On “The Love Club,” she comes clean about what it’s really like to be one of the popular girls: “I'm sitting pretty on the throne, there's nothing more I want / except to be alone,” and fesses up to wanting success on “Bravado” (“I've learned not to want the quiet of the room with no-one around to find me out / I want the applause, the approval, the things that make me go / Oh whoa”). Despite her desire for the spotlight, she keeps it real and stays down to earth on “Million Dollar Bills,” where she reminds us that “It's not about just being out but knowing our people” and that “There's nothing as fun / as coming untied /and running with the kids / in the park.”

Check out the video for “Royals” below  and listen to the rest of The Love Club here: http://lorde.co.nz/