I was recently tipped off on New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from in the near future.
Although her music may best be described as alternative, in the same vein as artists like Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey and Florence and the Machine, there’s certainly a radio friendly, melodic element to the tracks posted on her site. She has a haunting, ethereal tone and unique singing voice, but also shows off a competent flow on songs like “Million Dollar Bills” and “Royals.”
Although most of the songs on her debut EP have relatively sparse instrumentation, there’s something about them that sounds epic. What’s even more impressive, at only 16-years-old, she wrote the tracks herself. If they’re any indication of what’s in store for her debut, we have a lot to look forward to. Lorde strikes the balance between cool and accessible, in terms of lyrics, sound, and image–hitting the sweet spot for pop success. With the buzz growing in New Zealand, it’s only a matter of times before she breaks internationally. Watch this space.