Nothing pleases me more than the discovery of a new, talented singer-songwriter into the industry. The world needs more of them. There’s something extremely pleasing about the rawness of an artist singing their own handwritten songs without aided vocals or AutoTune.
A lot of you probably have heard the song “Royals” by Lorde, likely on the radio. It’s come completely out of nowhere, and as we speak, it is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is very unusual, very rhythmic and crosses across several genres. It’s quite catchy.
However, a lot of you probably may not know much about the singer. Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand, also known as the place where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed.
She released her debut album, Pure Heroine, just thirteen days ago. And she’s already reached the top of the charts. And did I mention she’s 16?
I happened to listen to the entire album a week ago, and I must say, it quite pleasing to the ear. She has a natural rasp to her voice that makes her extremely different, and the other tracks are not quite as “mainstream sounding” as Royals, so there’s no worry about her becoming a Katy Perry-like pop song machine generator. What I mean by that is that every Katy Perry song follows the same exact formula: verse, catchy chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, done. And boom — #1 hit.
Courageous and talented singer-songwriters actually try different things. And Lorde does just that, with a very diverse set of tracks on her first album.
But what I appreciate most about her is that she is the anti-Miley. By now, you’ve all probably — even if you won’t admit it — watched the music video for Wrecking Ball. Therefore, it’s no secret that she takes her clothes off in it. Because, well, sex sells. And that’s why the video has 209 million views on YouTube as of today.
Well, if you actually watch Lorde perform, she does the total opposite of Miley — she dresses down.
She looks like she could have been one of the orphans in a Broadway production of Annie.
But that is pure rawness right there. And she also makes weird facial expression when she sings. Again, true artistry. Do you ever see Katy Perry make weird facial expressions? No. Because her songs require very little vocal effort. Miley Cyrus makes weird motions, but that’s because she’s twerking whackjob. Damn, I violated my rule to never use that word again.
I’m just letting the public know that it’s totally okay with me to enjoy the song Royals. You don’t have to pretend that it’s a guilty pleasure — you can enjoy it, blast it in your cars, and feel proud that you are enjoying a true artist.
And if I ever meet her, the first thing I’d ask is if she ever visited the spot where Elijah Wood (as Frodo) entered Mordor primed to destroy the One Ring in the fiery pit of Mount Doom. Yeah, I’m not getting laid this weekend.
By the way, I saw Gravity last night in 3D, and I was absolutely blown away. It may be premature, but I’m already billing it as the top film of the year. I’d advise you all to see it, because it’s going to be one of those once-every-five-years-type-movie where everybody is going to be talking about so much, that you’ll have no choice but to see it. Just get it out of the way now.
I haven’t decided yet if I will devote a full blog post to it, or just wait until my annual year-end Top 12 list. I also still have to fully collect my thoughts, as it hasn’t been 24 hours since the viewing.
But oh Lorde, was it good.