Summer 2013, I wanted to hate Lorde. I was so tired of hearing "Royals" on the radio. Great, she's 16 and her song's a hit. Who cares?
Fast-forward a year and I have a dream. Lorde's in my bedroom and we're friends. I ask her what her real name is, she told me Ella. That must've been in my subconscious because I didn't think I knew that but it really was her name. I woke up and played her album, like we were friends now and that was reason enough for me to finally give her a chance.
I listened to her album on repeat. Not for a few days, I listened to it on repeat for months. The disk was in my car stereo for a whole year and I never got sick of her. I thought her music was good but her lyrics were incredible. She described adolescence in a way that was both unique to her own experience but also relatable to every teenager. It made me miss how ridiculously dramatic the easiest part of my life was. (The stock market crashed in 2008 but I couldn't tell you about it because I was a junior in high school and I was too busy wondering if the boys in class would think I looked cute in yoga pants.)
Don't you think that it's boring how people talk? Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored. - Tennis Court
You drape your wrists over the steering wheel. Pulses can drive from here. - 400 Lux
Laughing 'til our ribs get tough. - Ribs
We ride the bus with our knees pulled in. - Buzzcut Season
I know we're not everlasting. We're a train-wreck waiting to happen. - A World Alone
I was frightened of every little thing that I thought was out to get me down. - Bravado
I'm sitting pretty on the throne, there's nothing more I want, except to be alone. - Love Club
It's been awhile. Four years of singing Pure Heroine and finally—finally Melodrama is announced. Lorde released "Green Light" last week and I was tired when I listened to it the first time. I didn't think much of it. I was being pessimistic after the underwhelming hype of Lady Gaga's Joanne.
I listened to the song again in the morning and yeah, it stuck. I listened on repeat for the rest of the day. It's a good song, but I wasn't surprised. She's got the talent.
"It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, 'how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?' And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me." - Lorde
Listen to it.