We Need to Talk About 16-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Lorde


Lorde (really Ella Yelich-O’Connor), a 16-year-old from New Zealand with great hair and compelling thoughts on materialism, has infiltrated my brain.

“As Ella, she attends a school called Takapuna Grammar School in Belmont, Auckland and deals with her gossipy peers,” Pigeons and Planes explains. “As Lorde, she’s been working with Universal for the past few years to develop her sound and artistic vision.” Is this real life?

Lorde released her first EP, The Love Club, in December (here it is on Spotify). I discovered it last weekend and haven’t stopped listening to it since then except when necessary to sleep or pretend I’m interested in other people. Above is the music video for one of my favorite songs of hers, “Royals“, which she describes as such:

“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 shitty stop. that’s why this had to be real. and i’m at that particular train station every week. those boys are my friends. callum’s wearing a sweater that used to belong to me. so it all feels right, and i can sleep”

Lorde also released two new tracks last week, “Tennis Courts” and “Swingin’ Party.” Is it creepy to say I want to inject her catchy harmonies into my veins? ANYWAY, check her out and remember I told you about “Call Me Maybe” before it was cool.

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