I would have been a much cooler old white guy if I had posted this song a couple months ago when I first heard it.
But now this song seems to be on every radio station everywhere … Royals by Lorde.
When I first heard this song I thought it was clever lyrically and catchy melodically. And I thought her voice was interesting. Not really good … just interesting.
I will admit … the song isn’t a super Beatles Lennon & McCartney well written song but it is really clever.
nd who the heck is Lorde? Apparently Lorde is a disarmingly regular teenager from New Zealand.
“In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews and probably there would be one photo out there of me, and that would be it.” – Ella Yelich-O’Connor <her real name>
As one journalist said it … “In a generation of endless selfies and attention-hungry YouTubers, Lorde courts enigma, harking back to the mid-’90s heyday of alternative dark-stars like Mazzy Star and Portishead that preferred to let their music do the talking.”
Uh oh. I am not quite sure I would compare her talent wise to hope Sandoval <who I think is very talented> but Lorde does have a nice smoky but higher voice that if she uses correctly could do some damage on the charts.
Apparently she wrote the lyrics to Royals … which is a funny sarcastic tongue in cheek look at fame and the luxurious life in like 30 minutes or so:
” And we’ll never be royals (royals). Let me be your ruler (ruler),You can call me queen Bee …”
I do enjoy it when an artist … particularly a young one … kind of pokes at the establishment <and the established> and the absurdity that sometimes seems to tag along.
Here is Royals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc
And here is her remake of The Replacements Swingin’ Party:
Swingin’ Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wavwT7paPs
And her newest video.
Tennis court: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Ymd-OCucs
It is fun music.
Good radio listenening.
I also thought it was interesting to find out that a Sara MacLachlan discovered her.
Maclachlan saw a video of her performing at a local talent show, as half of a boy-girl singing duo, and signed her as a solo artist to a development deal with Universal at the age of 12. Lorde spent the next three years channeling her provocative fiction into song structures. “Right from the off, lyrically, her words were incredible,” Maclachlan recalls. “The arrangements required work, but when you’re dealing with a 13- or 14-year-old, you’re not really in a massive hurry … I just let her get on with it, and she just kept on improving.”
Who knows if she will ever do anything more than the song Royals … who cares. Royals is a fun radio song.