© 2013 Elena Esina
Lorde portrait drawing. Diamond in the flesh.
Charcoal on paper,
11 x 17 inches.
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Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde (/ˈlɔrd/), is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Devonport, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand, she performed in various singing and drama classes as a child, and at the age of thirteen signed with Universal. Yelich-O’Connor adopted her stage name due to her fascination with “royals and aristocracy”, but felt the name Lord was too masculine so added an ‘e’ to make it more feminine.
Her musical debut was an EP, entitled The Love Club, which was released in November 2012, and her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, was released in September 2013 receiving critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide.
Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades; in October 2013, for example, she jointly won the 2013 Silver Scroll award for “Royals,” which is an achievement in original New Zealand pop songwriting. For the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Lorde is nominated for a total of four Grammys, which include Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Royals” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine.
Lorde’s voice is “unique and powerfully intriguing” according to music online publication PopMatters and has been described as being “way beyond her years” Lorde has stated her main focus is her voice as she does not play any instruments saying “I don’t play any instruments, so my voice needs to have the focus. My vocal-scape is really important.”
Lorde’s musical style has been described by AllMusic as a “stylish mix of arty, confessional bedroom pop and club-ready electro-rock”. Her work has also been compared to Grimes, Lana Del Rey, and Sky Ferreira. Musically, Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine followed in the same vein as the The Love Club EP, incorporating influences of ambient, art pop, dark wave, electronica, indietronica, minimal and synthpop. Lyrically, the album was primarily inspired by her youth and critiques mainstream culture.
Lorde’s writing style and lyrical context on The Love Club EP has been described as aiming “to capture what it really is to be a teen”, singing from a range of topics including the “all-consuming nature of friendship” to “finding yourself come hell or high water.” Lorde described her sound as maturing when working on debut album. Pure Heroine lyrical themes have been said to “explore classic teen-pop themes – social anxiety, romantic yearning, debilitating ennui, booze-soaked ragers – with an eerie, zoomed-out detachment;” and be “certainly underpin[ed by]” “an adolescent aggrievance and angst.” Rolling Stone wrote “Lorde’s languidly aphoristic lyrics balance rock-star swagger and torqued-up teenage angst” and that her lyrics “have a rattle-nerve pathos and power like nothing else going in 2013.”
Kanye West is cited as one of Lorde’s influences.
Lorde’s music draws from electropop, but she grew up listening to soul musicians Etta James and Otis Redding, as well as her parents’ favorite records by the likes of Cat Stevens, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. She cites the unusual vocals of Grimes, the band Sleigh Bells and producer SBTRKT as prominent influences for Lorde. Lorde also stated that she was inspired by the initially hidden identities of Burial and The Weeknd, explaining, “I feel like mystery is more interesting”, and called American musical artist Nicki Minaj an “important female in pop”.
Lorde describes short story writers Raymond Carver, Wells Tower, Tobias Wolff and Claire Vaye Watkins as lyrical inspirations – particularly noting their sentence structures. Lorde stated her music is also inspired by authors, citing Tobias Wolff, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman and Leonard Cohen as influences on her writing.
During the writing of The Love Club (2013), Lorde was particularly influenced by Kanye West and she performed a cover version of West’s song “Hold My Liquor” at her Auckland concert on 7 September 2013. Lorde has also cited Prince as an influence. Lorde’s music has been described as containing masculine qualities due to Lorde listening and admiring a range of male artists. She cites James Blake as an influence on her music stating “I think he’s awesome and has been a big influence on me recently” as well as citing rapper J. Cole and electronic producers as influences, which she praises for the use of using “their vocals in a really interesting way, whether it might be chopping up a vocal part or really lash or lairing a vocal”.
Lorde has received praise for her stage presence, and live performances. Billboard magazine praised Lorde for having a “well-defined stage presence” and an “savvy” and “unflappable” attitude. Continuing to say her performances contain “confidence and demeanor well beyond her years.” During performances Lorde stated she likes to wear clothes that make her “feel grand” and an element of “theatricality”. Lorde’s vocals have been praised when performing live with Lorde being called a truly “talented vocalist” who sounds “just like the record”.
Time placed Lorde on their list of ‘The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013′. In 2013 Spotify announced that Lorde’s song “Royals” was the most streamed song in New Zealand as well as being Spotify’s most viral new artist worldwide. Australian websites TheMusic.com.Au and Faster Louder selected Lorde as their top favourite artist and Pure Heroine as their top album for 2013, respectively. Writing for the latter site, journalist Darren Levin explained:
… “Royals” connected because people liked it. It wasn’t rammed down their throat 10 times a day on commercial radio, and it certainly wasn’t the product of a Samsung board meeting designed to sell more smartphones. The best part is that it [Lorde's success] happened organically via social media …
In August 2013, Lorde became the first solo female artist to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the US since Tracy Bonham in 1996. The song also holds the record for the longest reign by a woman atop the Billboard Alternative Songs chart (at seven weeks), surpassing Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”. With “Royals”, Lorde is the first New Zealand act to have achieved a Billboard Hot 100 number one as lead artist.