Friday, June 2, 2017

Song of the Day: "Perfect Places" by Lorde

Of course, "Perfect Places" by Lorde is song of the day on Battlestar Eclectica. It's off her upcoming album "Melodrama," which drops on June 16.

I'm hearing this tune described as a summer party anthem, which is fair enough. It's sort of the thinking man's "California Girls."

Her voice sounds like frozen lemonade as she croons drunk and disillusioned diatribes like: "I hate the headlines and the weather/I'm 19 and I'm on fire/But when we're dancing I'm all right. It's just another graceless night." Brilliant, as always.

It's all just further proof of Lorde's precocious cool factor. She is from New Zealand, which may explain why she was smart enough to write lyrics like the words to "Royals" and "Team" before her 16th birthday.

Between hobbit homes, majestic Maori culture, a haunting colonial past and the terrifying and electrifying storytelling of native Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion, New Zealand is the stuff of dreams. (Disclaimer: I have not been to New Zealand. Yet.)

Check out  Jane Campion's "The Piano" and "Wide Sargasso Sea" if you can handle movies that are dark and lovely.

Now, Lorde is a ripe old 20. I look forward to hearing this strange indie alt electropop songbird make music and develop and grow for many, many years to come.

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