16-year-old New Zealand singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor (aka Lorde) writes this in the notes of the video for her chart-climbing single:
“i’m only at the beginning, but it has always been important to me that everything feels cool, feels right. this song means a hell of a lot to me, and to others, and i guess what i tried to do is make something you could understand. a lot of people think teenagers live in this world like ‘skins’ every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren’t doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some shitty stop. that’s why this had to be real.”
With her incredible vocal talent and that attitude, Lorde certainly IS only at the beginning of her career. Her debut album Pure Heroin just came out a few days ago, and I’m excited to hear more and more from her. Thanks to N for tipping me off to this young talent!