At the ripe age of 16, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, already has a number one hit under her belt in her native New Zealand and is poised for international stardom.
But don’t be fooled: she’s not your average teenage pop star. This young lady is wicked smart and an impressively perceptive songwriter.
Her debut single “Royals” is a critique of the lavish consumerism exhibited by contemporary pop/rap music and an expression of the simultaneous disconnect and fascination felt by the common, working-class teenager as a result. An astute observation packaged in a soulful, infectious tune.
Lorde cites a number of diverse influences—including Lana Del Rey, Lou Reed, Bon Iver, and Drake—which undoubtedly accounts for her eclectic sound.
Lorde will be taking on America for the first time during her international fall tour. Her debut album Pure Heroine is due to be released in September. In the meantime, you can check out her EP The Love Club on Spotify.
By Karen Ho
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