If you're unfamiliar with the hit tune "Royals" that continues to sizzle on just about every listening device known to humans, then you have probably just come back from collecting soil samples on Mars. And even then, we're pretty sure someone sent an Mp3 of "Royals" out into the galaxy, so, you're welcome. The hit is the lyrical and musical ear candy of New Zealand singer Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde.
Lorde developed a love of singing and performing early on, joining a drama group at the age of 5 and discovering her passion for the stage. "I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14, because I've always been a huge reader," Lorde told The New Zealand Listener. "My mum's a poet and we've always had so many books, and that's always been a big thing for me, arguably more so than music." By the age of 13 Lorde was signed to Universal where she began writing and recording original music in earnest. Lorde's EP Love Club dropped in the spring of 2013 and her full-length album Pure Heroine was released in September of the same year.
Otis Redding and Etta James are among Lorde's influencers and account for the big, round vocals she sports on recordings. These and other soul artists give Lorde's electropop a feeling of sophistication and her literary influences (Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff to name a few) give her lyrics depth and unique structure.
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