Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 6 (UPDATED)

Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 6

UPDATED (David Bruce commented “She didn’t say she was a big Jesus believer. She said she was a big Yeezus believer. Which is a Kanye West album. Which incidentally is a blasphemous, hateful piece of garbage from what I’ve heard of it.” This sets me straight concerning what Lorde said in the video that I saw. She did not say that she was a “big Jesus believer.” )

Lorde Live at Splendour in the Grass 2013

Published on Jul 29, 2013

Recording from Triple J of Lorde killing it at Splendour in the Grass.
She was given just 48 hours notice to step in as a replacement for Frank Ocean.

I do not own this recording but it needs to be heard.

_____________


It is hard to figure out this New Zealand newcomer and her Christian roots but I am going to attempt to in this series of posts. Here is an interview where she describes herself as a “big Jesus believer.

Here is a post about her first album:

Pure Heroine

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Pure Heroine
Studio album by Lorde
Released 24 September 2013[1]
Recorded 2012–13 at Golden Age Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
Label Universal Music
Producer
Lorde chronology
The Love Club
(2013)
Pure Heroine
(2013)
Singles from Pure Heroine
  1. Royals
    Released: 8 March 2013
  2. Tennis Court
    Released: 7 June 2013
  3. Team
    Released: 13 September 2013

Pure Heroine is the début studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, planned for release on 24 September 2013, through Universal Music. The première will be six weeks before Ella Yelich-O’Connor (aka Lorde)’s seventeenth birthday, having been spotted at the age of twelve by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan, who signed her to Universal records. Recording for the album started soon after she released the critically acclaimed extended play The Love Club EP (March 2013).[citation needed] Yelich-O’Connor co-wrote the album with its producer, Joel Little.

The album was preceded by the release of The Love Club EP single “Royals“, which peaked at number one in New Zealand as well as peaking within the top five of Australia, Canada and America. “Royals” was followed by the release of “Tennis Court” in June 2013. In mid-September 2013, the third single, “Team” was released.

Background

“The goal for me is to make a body of work that is cohesive, that feels like an album and is something that I’m going to be proud of. I’m working on an album at the moment and it seems a lot of albums lately don’t feel like a cohesive set of songs that complement each other and mean something as a group. If I can make something which does feel like that, and feels right and true and good, then I will have succeeded.”

 — Yelich-O’Connor, on her objectives for Pure Heroine.[2]

From the age of 14, Yelich-O’Connor worked with Universal to develop her sound and artistic vision. She was spotted at the age of 12 by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan, after he saw a video of her singing in a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate.[3] Maclachlan later signed her to Universal at the age of 13 and began working with songwriters at 14. Yelich-O’Connor began writing songs at the age of “13 or 14” using her guitar.[4][5]

Having had recording under-way in November 2012,[6] The Love Club EP was released digitally in March 2013, and on CD in May 2013, with five songs including the number one hit “Royals“. On 27 May 2013, “Royals” was covered by girl group Gap 5, on New Zealand television’s The X Factor and mentored by Melanie Blatt.

Immediately prior to beginning work on Pure Heroine, Yelich-O’Connor stated her intentions for the début album to be a “cohesive” work.[2] As with The Love Club EP, Pure Heroine was recorded with producer Joel Little at Golden Age Studios in Auckland.[7][8]

Music and lyrics

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Lead single “Royals” is a minimal art pop song of an experimental nature; it incorporates elements from different genres to create a new sound. Along with mainly chillwave, the song is influenced by indie pop, pop, downtempo, ambient, and blues. It follows the typical blues chord progression of D-C-G and is written in the key of D at a slow tempo of 84 BPM. It is written in common time. The song has a similar rhythm to a snap song.[citation needed]

Lorde wrote the lyrics to “Royals” in only half an hour.[9] She was influenced by rap music and singer Lana Del Rey “I was listening to a lot of rap, but also a lot of Lana Del Rey, because she’s obviously really hip-hop influenced, but all those references to expensive alcohol, beautiful clothes and beautiful cars – I was thinking, ‘This is so opulent, but it’s also bullshit.’”[10]

The album’s sixth song, “Team”, contains a “crashing, synth-heavy beat” and was described by Billboard as being “darkly melodic.”[11] Lyrically, the song touches up on her “disconnect with modern pop music” and the difference between onscreen portrayals and reality.[11]

Singles

Officially released digitally in March 2013, and on CD on May 2013, The Love Club EP featured five songs including “Royals“. “Royals” debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15 March 2013 and remained in the top position for three weeks.[12] On the same day, The Love Club EP debuted in the number 2 position on the album chart, behind David Bowie’s The Next Day, which also debuted that week. In August 2013, Lorde became the first woman to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States since Tracy Bonham in 1996.[13]

The “Tennis Court” single was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2013.[14] The Tennis Court EP was released digitally in the UK on 7 June (due to the timezone difference) and physically on 22 June.[15][16] It was played during the BBC coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships Ladies Final. On 14 June 2013, Lorde’s single debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart. In the same week, she also became the first New Zealand artist to simultaneously have four songs in the top 20 tracks of the New Zealand Top 40. Previously, Titanium held this record with three songs.[17]

“Team” is the third single from the album.[18] It was leaked by Australian radio station Triple J on 12 September and as a result, the single was released digitally in Australia and New Zealand on 13 September.[11][19][20] The single became available in the United States on 13 September as part of the pre-order for Pure Heroine.[21]

Release and promotion

Lorde performing live at GOODGOD Club.

On 12 August 2013, Lorde announced via her official Twitter profile that her debut album Pure Heroine would be released on 30 September 2013, along with she revealed the albums cover art and track listing.[22]

Yelich-O’Connor was the replacement for Frank Ocean, who cancelled due to illness, at the 2013 Splendour in the Grass Festival. She was contacted on 26 July 2013, the Friday immediately prior to the weekend of the festival, while she was in attendance at a party with friends in Auckland, New Zealand. As Lorde, Yelich-O’Connor performed before 10,000 people in northern Byron Bay, Australia, where the festival is based as of 2013.[23]

In September 2013, Lorde appeared on New Zealand’s 3rd Degree[24] and performed on Later… with Jools Holland.[25][26]

Track listing

[27][28]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. Tennis Court Ella Yelich O’Connor, Joel Little Joel Little 3:18
2. “400 Lux” Yelich O’Connor, Little Little 3:54
3. Royals Yelich O’Connor, Little Little 3:09
4. “Ribs” Yelich O’Connor, Little Little 4:18
5. Buzzcut Season Yelich O’Connor, Little Little 4:06
6. Team Yelich O’Connor Little 3:13
7. “Glory and Gore” Yelich O’Connor, Little Little 3:30
8. “Still Sane” Yelich O’Connor Little 3:08
9. “White Teeth Teens” Yelich O’Connor Little 3:36
10. “A World Alone” Yelich O’Connor Little 4:54
Total length:
37:08

Release history

Country Date Format Label Edition
New Zealand 27 September 2013 CD, digital download Universal Music Standard
Australia
United States 30 September 2013 Republic Records
United Kingdom 28 October 2013 Virgin EMI

References

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  2. ^ Jump up to: a b “Taking Flight”. 2013-05-21.
  3. Jump up ^ Etheridge, Jess (2 August 2013). “Singer now on centre stage: Shore kid makes good at Splendour in the Grass”. North Shore Times (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. Jump up ^ White, Caitlin (21 May 2013). “Taking Flight: 16-Year-Old Ella Yelich-O’Connor vs. Lorde, Popstar”. Pigeons and Planes. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. Jump up ^ White, Caitlin (210 May 2013). “NZ newest pop star”. Tom Cardy. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. Jump up ^ “Click on the pic to listen to the debut Lorde EP. All done by us at Golden Age.”. 22 November 2012.
  7. Jump up ^ “Lorde: Behind the success story (+audio)”. 2012-05-02.
  8. Jump up ^ “Album’s all done, am away next week but can do week after?”. 2012-08-12.
  9. Jump up ^ Lipshutz, Jason (6 September 2013). “Lorde: The Billboard Cover Story”. Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  10. Jump up ^ “NZ Music Sensation, Lorde, Releases First Music Video For “Royals””. The Diplomat. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  11. ^ Jump up to: a b c Lipshutz, Jason. “Lorde Unveils ‘Team’ Single: Listen To The ‘Royals’ Follow-Up”. Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  12. Jump up ^ “Lorde – Royals”. Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  13. Jump up ^ “Lorde First Woman in 17 Years to Top Alternative with ‘Royals'”. Billboard (magazine). 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  14. Jump up ^ “Tennis Court – Single by Lorde”. iTunes Store (NZ). Apple Inc. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  15. Jump up ^ “Tennis Court – EP by Lorde”. iTunes Store (UK). Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  16. Jump up ^ Mary (6 June 2013). “Lorde: ‘Tennis Court’ EP”. The Leftover Sessions. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  17. Jump up ^ “Lorde – Tennis Court”. nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  18. Jump up ^ “Lorde Q&A: New Zealand Star On Next Single, Nicki Minaj & Staying Mysterious”. Billboard (magazine). 10 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  19. Jump up ^ “Team – Single by Lorde”. iTunes Store (NZ). Apple Inc. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  20. Jump up ^ “Team – Single by Lorde”. iTunes Store (AUS). Apple Inc. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  21. Jump up ^ “Pure Heroine – Album by Lorde”. iTunes Store (USA). Apple Inc. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  22. Jump up ^ Hussein Moses (13 August 2013). “Lorde Announces Debut Album “Pure Heroine””. The Corner. The Corner. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  23. Jump up ^ Iain Sheddon (29 July 2013). “Lorde’s calling delivers her to splendour”. The Australian. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  24. Jump up ^ Samantha Hayes (18 September 2013). “Full interview with Lorde”. 3rd Degree. TV3. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  25. Jump up ^ “BBC Two – Later… with Jools Holland, Series 43, Episode 1”. BBC Programmes. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
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  28. Jump up ^ iTunes Music – Pure Heroine by Lorde

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