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You Should Know: Lorde

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One listen and you’ll be hooked to this teen from New Zealand who is poised for great things.

You Should Know: Lorde

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There's plenty of new blood in the music game, but none are quite like New Zealand artist Lorde. 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O'Connor is a breath of fresh air in a world full of teens putting out pretty vapid material. Lorde has a sound well beyond her years and a maturity that matches it. 

Just listen to her on her track "Royals." It's a pretty whimsical song, and there is a laissez-faire kind of attitude she brings to a good portion of the track. It's minimalistic and pretty bare, but the lyrics are really what impress me here. This song is all about living in a culture that preaches materialism and wealth, but not wanting to be a part of it or getting caught up in any of it. So what if everyone is singing about gold teeth, Maybach cars and tigers on gold chains? She doesn't need it and she's fine with it. You rarely see much get through in the mainstream that promotes being content, but that's exactly what Lorde does here, and it's pretty brilliant.

And for an artist to possess this kind of world view and maturity at just 16 makes her all the more impressive and noteworthy. Oh, and the girl can sing, too. She croons with a feathery soft voice that just leaves you wanting more. She's set to release her debut album PURE HEROINE on September 30 in the U.S. and in the meantime released The Love Club EP with the single "Tennis Court." She will be touring around this new release date in the U.S., and I highly recommend catching one of these shows live. Artists like this don't come around often, so join this bandwagon right from the beginning.

09/24 – The Fonda Theater - LOS ANGELES, CA^
09/25 – The Belasco Theater - LOS ANGELES, CA^
09/27 – The Fillmore - SAN FRANCISCO, CA^
09/28 - Decibel - Showbox at the Market - SEATTLE, WA^
09/30 - Webster Hall - NEW YORK, NY^
10/01 - Webster Hall - NEW YORK, NY^
10/03 - Warsaw- BROOKLYN, NY^
10/06 - Danforth Music Hall - TORONTO, ON^
^ w/ Until The Ribbon Breaks (full band)

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