Praise the Lorde

September 27th, 2014

The first line to Lorde’s opening song described this night almost perfectly: There’s a humming in the restless summer air. The crowd that had been standing restlessly for hours was revived once the lights dimmed and an ominous, tall figure dressed in a black cape emerged onstage. With her breathy vocals and electronic-rock beats, Lorde filled the outdoor arena with something magical. Various costume changes—from a two-piece white ensemble to a red dress and a golden crown—paired with special effects such as strobe lights and fog bubbles helped to add to the otherworldly feel of the show. My favorite performances were without a doubt “Glory and Gore”, “Buzzcut Season”, and “Ribs.” Most memorable moment? Lorde took a break in between songs to reflect on the past year of her life. Saturday had been the one-year anniversary of the release of Pure Heroine, her “diary from ages 12 to 16.” One talent that I believe sets Lorde apart from the rest is her ability to capture the essence of teenage years through her lyrics. Anyone with the chance to see Lorde should grab tickets to see this show!

Lorde was accompanied by opening act Majical Cloudz, an indie/electro duo from Canada. They were very low key, with no instrumentals other than vocals and a soundboard. Their sound was a perfect addition to the haunting essence of the show. My favorite by them was “Savage”. Be sure to look them up!

Libby Brower

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