It’s almost impossible to think that in a summer where Kanye West and Jay-Z both dropped albums, the music I’m most excited to currently listen to is by a 16 year-old teenage girl from New Zealand.
West’s Yeezus is an amazing album, maybe my favorite of the year. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the 10-track whirlwind of dark emotion and rage that West was throwing at me, but after a dozen listens, it grew on me, and it hasn’t gotten boring.
Speaking of boring, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is one of the most boring pieces of crap I’ve heard this year. The Samsung sponsored album is a total cash grab by the legendary emcee, and he lets you know, because the only thing he raps about on the album is how rich he is and about three artists to try to make you think he’s some scholar on art. We get it, Jay, you know who Basquiat is. Calm down.
Here comes Lorde.
I was carousing the internet one night and came across her song “Tennis Courts.” I was intrigued by the sound, but I wasn’t exactly sure where it was leading me. So upon some research, I found out that this artist that was about to take over my iPhone’s rotation is a 16 year-old girl from New Zealand. Best of all, she writes all her own music. This isn’t some product of a reality show being strung together by a bunch of heads at a label and then tossed at America.
Lorde is the real deal.
Her lyrics are engaging and clever, yet they aren’t pretentious. Her voice is beyond her years. It’s so rich and mature, which allows her to do a variety of stylings, whether it be pop or alternative. The track I am most addicted to right now is “Royals.” It’s her first hit coming to the US, and I think within a matter of a couple of months, this song is going to be EVERYWHERE, granted “Tennis Courts” is being dubbed as her latest single.
Her first set of songs are from The Love Club – EP, which was released in the US back in March and has tore up the charts in New Zealand. “Bravado,” which is on The Love Club, is another fantastic song by this indie-pop prodigy.
Lorde will trace comparisons to Adele, Lana Del Ray and Florence Welch, but this kid is definitely about to do her own thing, and in a big way. Her debut album is scheduled for a September release.
Listen to Lorde before all the cool kids do, but mostly because you like great music, jackass.