New Zealand songstress Lorde is one of the most hyped acts in pop music this summer. Her debut single “Royals” is currently sitting at number 12 on the iTunes singles chart and she boasts the likes of Grimes as her fan.
Last night the 16-year-old singer made her American debut at a sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge. We were there to hear cuts from her new album, discover whether or not she lives up to the hype, and to marvel at that amazing head of hair.
So what did we learn?
1) She Lives Up To The Hype
By now we’re used to discovering new pop divas on the internet, but we’re also used to being let down when we see them in person. Remember Lana Del Rey‘s disasterous first shows? In the age of Garage Band and YouTube, a pop hit can be born without the singer ever having to sing in person, so it’s always nerve-wrecking to see your favorite new pop act (that you found online) in person for the first time.
Lorde can sing in person. In fact, she can sing very well. Her voice actually possesses more strength and depth in concert than on her recordings. Not to mention she has a commanding stage presence that often slips to reveal an excited, humble and winsome teenage girl under the pop diva’s mask.
Basically, she’s better in person than she is on tape and that’s a very rare and very exciting thing to discover.