A jack of all trades, and it’s mastered each and every one.
It’s hard to remember quite what we did before Lorde. Sure, there was great pop music, but with her debut ‘Pure Heroine’ came the proof that a genuine star could come from the underground without needing to be cynically pushed through ‘the blogs’ only to forget them once they’d shifted a few units.
Ella, see, belongs. Not in any one scene or subsection, but wherever she choses to fit. Unlike so many of her peers, there’s an organic believability to everything she touches that feels painfully real without ever coming close to the stench of forced ‘authenticity’. ‘Perfect Places’, the closer of her forthcoming full-length ‘Melodrama’ is the texbook example. From the atmospheric beat to the massive chorus to the piano-led cracks of its final moments, it’s a jack of all trades, and it’s mastered each and every one.
It may be 2017, but there’s something about Lorde that always feels ahead of the curve. Maybe she sees things we don’t, or maybe she’s simply found who she is and owns it better than the rest of us, but one thing’s for sure - it’s a far better popworld with her than without. Stephen Ackroyd