The buzz, in this context, is none other than Lorde. We want her here in Singapore.
“My name is Ella, that’s who I am at school, hanging out with friends, while I’m doing homework. But when I’m up on stage, Lorde is a character. My friends actually find that really difficult to digest, separating me from the theatrical character they see on stage [laughs]; but they’re getting used to it. When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine—ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end! Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.” (via)
Auckland-born-and-raised Ella Yelich-O’Connor is rapidly rising to fame at the tender age of sixteen. Her music reverberates the same draughty chill we feel at the sound of Miss Del Rey’s voice, yet carries the melodious warble of Florence Welch’s effortless soprano. Beyond all of this, Lorde’s personality as “first and foremost a writer”, as she told Interview Magazine, cuts straight through. Her muse with royalty, riches but not racism has been an intrinsic part of her even before she was discovered and signed at the age of thirteen.
After playing (most unfortunately under the onslaught of severe food poisoning) at her sold-out opening show in Brisbane on Tuesday, Lorde proceeds to Sydney tonight on her debut tour, Pure Heroine. She will also make an appearance at Laneway Australia next year.
Fingers and toes crossed as more bands are to be announced to play at the upcoming Laneway Festival Singapore 2014. We would love for Lorde to make a stop here. So much so that we took pains (or pleasure) to create this glorious mix consisting of remixes of her best tunes. Hit play and enjoy!
If you like what you hear, you’ll probably also like what you see on Lorde’s tumblr and instagram (@lordemusic), where we glimpse her quirky nonchalance as though seeing lyrics you wrote on the ceiling of a bus is an everyday occurrence.