She just turned 21 this past Tuesday, has already toured the world two times over, enchants us with her music and is way cooler than you. That’s right. This article is all about modern-day poet and singer extraordinaire Lorde.
Ella Yelich-O’Connor, who goes by the stage name Lorde, is one of the fastest rising, most influential and aesthetically pleasing artists of this generation. The world first heard her chilling voice in 2012 when she self-released her first record, “The Love Club EP,” on SoundCloud for free listening. After the EP, she released the global hit “Royals” and from there, she skyrocketed into immense success at just the age of 16. We were all intrigued by Lorde and we wanted to hear more of her art. We also wanted to see more of her unique dancing and hand clawing.
Lorde released her first full-length album, “Pure Heroine,” in late 2013. Along with many of my friends, I find it weird to have started both high school and college listening to the same album, and be equally as in love with it now as I was then. Just when we thought Lorde couldn’t top “Pure Heroine,” she released her record, “Melodrama” this past June. “Melodrama” is one of the most beautiful albums I have ever listened to, and I think it really shows Lorde’s evolution both as an artist and a human. She isn’t afraid to talk about the feelings we aren’t so fond of having, like learning how to get back up on your feet after heartbreak. I love how down-to-earth Lorde is, as many other big artists lose their individuality in the rush of the fame.
“Melodrama” is co-written and co-produced by her good friend (and currently one of the pop music kings) Jack Antonoff of the bands Bleachers and fun. Together, they painted a masterpiece. After four years of “Pure Heroine” and five months of “Melodrama,” I’m still listening to songs from both albums every day. My personal favorites from “Pure Heroine” are tracks one through 10, and from “Melodrama,” they’re tracks one through 11. Ok, fine, if I really had to choose one song from each album, it’d have to be “Buzzcut Season” and “Hard Feelings/Loveless.” Fun fact: according to my iTunes, I’ve listened to “Buzzcut Season” 187 times, which equates to listening to the same song for 12 hours straight. That really says something.
If you’ve ever seen Lorde perform live, you’ll know that her stage production is next-level. Between Lorde, her backup dancers and the visuals, they create an atmosphere like no other. If you have the opportunity to see Lorde live, go for it. She’ll leave you with goosebumps to last a lifetime.