Lorde is the voice for teenagers, my first proper musical obsession and love. She’s one of not very many in the industry who has both an amazing image and great music. Unlike Lana Del Rey or Selena Gomez who write songs with messages like ‘I’m nothing without my boyfriend!’, her messages are more relatable. For example ‘You’re my best friend and we’re dancing in this world alone, world alone, we’re alone.’ She is a much better influence/role model for young girls like me (I’ve just turned 13 btw).
When she performs, she uses her long, curly fifth limb (her hair) to dance. Her dance is a mixture of bending down double, flicking and swooping her fifth limb, jerking her shoulders and shuffling feet. Most of my friends make fun of her for this and I do admit the first time you see it, it looks very different and weird. But I think it’s original. I believe that everybody has an animal inside that just wants to go crazy when they hear music, however society has taught us to conceal and to tame it. Teens are judged on the way they dance and there is only one ‘cool’ way to. This is just another way Lorde is making her point, her mark.
Pure Heroine is a work of art.
Tennis Court is the first track, starting with the lyric ‘Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk? Making smart with the words again, well I’m bored.’ From the very first beat, Lorde is showing her rebellious side. She isn’t scared to share her opinion, in fact she’s known for dissing many celebrities. Her music is political, made to prove a point, which again artists these days seem to shy away from.
400 Lux is a track with beautifully constructed lyrics. Beginning with a continuous violin note, the song builds up slowly and creates a comforting feel. What I love about it is the atmosphere it creates, the sense of someone wrapping their arms around you and hugging you tight. Ribs has a similar feel, but also adding elements of naivety and fear writing about how scary it feels getting old. Every teenager gets to a point where they hit their GCSEs and everything suddenly feels ‘real‘. That moment when your whole life is determined from one set of test results… I haven’t experienced it, yet it still scares me.
The rest of the album is a variety of electronic beats, relatable lyrics and Lorde’s fierce, wise opinions. And then there’s the live experience. I was lucky enough to get tickets to her London show. My Mum sneaked me into the moshpit (which was heavily guarded as underaged kids have to stay at the boring balcony), and we wrestled our way to the front. She was halfway through singing ‘White Teeth Teens’ when I burst into tears. I wouldn’t describe myself as a hysterical ‘fangirl’, in fact I’m quite the opposite. But the sheer realisation that she was an actual real live person and we were sharing that moment together hit me. I didn’t stop crying until the finale song, ‘Team’ with the all encompassing lyric “and you know, we’re on each others Team.”
I’ll always be Team Lorde.
Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat (Hunger Games)