Artist of the week: Lorde

Posted on June 11, 2013 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Lorde, a teenage songstress from New Zealand.

Lorde is a bit of an enigma encased within a powerhouse, smoky voice that makes me want to slow dance glamorously in my kitchen. With a sense of self and confidence rare for a teenager she refused to do photo shoots, wanting her music to make her name known, rather than her body. Fortunately, her music is awesome, so that worked out. Now she is juggling her imminent rise to teen pop stardom, while also going to school. Her new EP Tennis Court is due out July 22.

Origins: Auckland, New Zealand

Full name: Ella Yelich O’Connor

Known for: Lorde is known for her unique vocals and lyric writing abilities.

Used in a sentence: Although she’s only 16 years old, there is nothing childish about her attitude or her voice.

File next to: Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey

Download now: Tennis Court (If you like it check out the B-track “Swingin’ Party”)

Five fun facts:
1. She started writing songs when she was 13.
2. All her lyrics are about something that has happened to her.

3. She has a hectic schedule that includes two weeks on and two weeks off school
4. JD Salinger is one of her favourite authors.
5. Lorde says she gets compared to every female pop singer. Instead she would like to be compared to some guys.

2009 She was signed to Universal on a development deal
2010 After being paired unsuccessfully with other songwriters, Lorde begun writing her own songs
2012 She released the EP The Love Club

Notable lyrics:

Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk/Making smart with their words again – well, I’m bored/Because I’m doing this for the thrill of it, killing it/Never not chasing the million things I want/And I am only as young as the minute is full of it/Getting pumped up on the little bright things I bought/But I know they’ll never own me (Yeah)/Baby, be the class clown, I’ll be the beauty queen in tears/It’s a new art form showing people how little we care (Yeah)/We’re so happy even when we’re smiling out of fear/Let’s go down to the tennis court and talk it up like, yeah (Yeah)

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