We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
Good lorde, this New Zealand artist certainly has generated a lot of buzz lately. Lorde’s real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor (yeah, that name doesn’t quite have that ring to it). What’s impressive about her is that she is only 16 years old. Her first EP, The Love Club, was released a while ago in March, featuring five songs. Musically, Lorde’s songs all feature a large, prominent, and catchy hook (ex: “Million Dollar Bills”). She has signed with Universal, so she will hopefully be releasing a full album soon. New teenage pop singers are not exactly in short supply , but good ones are pretty rare. Anyone remember this catastrophe? What sets Lorde apart is that she 1. can actually sing well and 2. writes meaningful lyrics. Take “Royals,” her top song, for example.
According to Lorde, media has sensationalized and dramatized teenagers and their lives. In today’s society, we portray teenagers as punk-ass kids who party every weekend. However, in reality, teenagers aren’t doing “anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some shitty stop.” The music video of “Royals” reflects her lyrics: its minimalist style focuses on what an average teen might do.
The video ends with a short clip of the beginning to “Tennis Court”. It would have been neat to see a continued story of the two teens featured in “Royals” over multiple music videos,like the ending hints at. However, it doesn’t seems likely since the “Tennis Court” video effectively ended the story line. This song also highlights how Lorde is wise beyond her years. This is shown in the line, “How can I fuck with the fun again, when I’m known.” Celebrities have to watch their every move once they become famous, since they are always being watched. Lorde is still a teenager, and because of her celebrity status, she does not get to do all those wild/potentially illegal things normal teenagers may do. Ultimately, fame comes with a price.
Along with “Royals” and “Tennis Court,” another favorite is “Bravado.”
Be sure to stay tuned to Lorde; she is going to blow up. Big time. What were you doing when you were 16?
Artist Website: http://lorde.co.nz/