Music: Lorde It Up With New Video ‘Royals’

Meet the gritty 16 year old who knocked Miley Cyrus off the US charts.

Lorde-Tennis-Court

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ordes lyrics and interviews read like the gritty voice of her generation, she’s knocked Miley Cyrus from the top spot of the US charts and has a track on the forth coming Hunger Games soundtrack, all by the age of 16.  With her striking wide set eyes and sea of wavy hair, the fiercely independant New Zealander isn’t short of an opinion and her ideals are refreshing in an industry currently awash with twerking popstrels, “I think a lot of pop music and how females are portrayed in pop music is not a super healthy thing and I try and stay away from it,” she said. Do a Google image search for Lorde, not an arse cheek or cleavage in sight. “Basically everything that I put out that has my name on it is controlled by me,” she told MTV News. “I have a very strong visual identity. I know how I want stuff to look. I’m almost too involved. I feel like people who work with me are like, ‘Oh, God! Leave me alone!'” Perhaps her Tumblr gives an insight into her creative inspiration, like snippets from Vice magazine with grainy 90’s press images, random quotes and faceless hair models. Lorde and her co-writer and producer Joel Little had been letting things ‘grow organically’ on advice of their record label until Grimes, one of Lorde’s musical influences, happened to set the ball rolling after Tweeting a link to Lorde’s Soundcloud page last year. Now she has hits in the US and New Zealand under her belt and will no doubt achieve the same in the UK with debut single Royals, see video below. Talking about her personal taste for partying with The Guardian, Lorde says she prefers something more low-key than the lavish pop-star “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds” lifestyle she criticises in ‘Royals’. “We go to quite, like, grotty parties with super-weird punks, our lives aren’t super-aspirational to the pop world or anything.” Sounds like the kind of girl we’d like to meet on a grotty dance floor, in the mean time we’ll make do with her forth coming album Pure Heroine, out Oct 28. Check out Lorde’s style highlights below.

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

Shop Lorde’s Look:

Paloma Faith’s Fall To Grace

Paloma’s rise from Reebok Classics to fashion icon and a taste of her new album

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]aloma Faith’s style evolution from Reebok Classics to fashion icon, and her exciting comeback lined up for the summer.

Paloma Faith

Aside from securing her place as a fashion icon and her venture into acting alongside Jude Law and Lily Cole in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Paloma Faith has become one of the ultimate on-stage performers. Watching her on tour in 2010, she sang lines such as “Can you love me right, me and my cellulite?”, entertaining the audience between songs with her wicked sense of humour, her petite hourglass frame in an array of theatrical 1940’s inspired outfits. She returns to the stage this summer and wrote Fall To Grace with live performances in mind, including the closing night of the celebrated ‘Summer Series’ at London’s Somerset House this July.

Her fashion and music style have developed alongside each other; Paloma told The Guardian; “I grew up in London, and as a teenager I changed my look every four months. I was a hippy, then I started wearing Reebok Classics. Then came the hip-hop and ragga, a gold nose ring, and my hair done in little curls plastered to the side of my face. I got my souly voice when I was into UK garage, wearing Patrick Cox loafers and lots and lots of Morgan de Toi. I got heavily into Nubian culture, and wore beads and African-print headwraps. Then vintage, with Manish Arora and Zara thrown in. My wardrobe is full of costumes. I find it hard not to dress for show, but at home I’ll be in 40s men’s trousers and braces. The coal-miner look.”

Paloma brings us the next installation of her retro-reflected soul pop, with emotionally stripped-bare new album ‘Fall To Grace’. Featuring strings and gospel-choir backed single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ (see video below), alongside the disco throb of ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ and the giddy dance pulse of ‘Agony’. On the twinkling pop of ’30 Minute Love Affair’, she recounts a true experience, a fleeting meeting with a busker in London’s Leicester Square when she was fourteen. “I asked him if he’d be there the next day and he said he would. When I went back he was gone and I’ve never forgotten it.” The album was created in 2011 with producers Nellee Hooper (Bjork) and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) whilst Paloma was also hanging out with none other than Prince, who picked her to perform at the NPG Music and Arts Festival in Copenhagen last summer.  “I wasn’t just supporting him, he was teaching me,” says Paloma. “He made me watch all the other acts and gave me little lessons. I was completely bowled over. It began as, let’s do a gig, and it turned into spending the weekend with Prince. That was a real turning point for me. I was in the middle of writing the new record and when I left for the festival I felt I’d got to the top of a certain ladder, but when I went home I felt like I was on the bottom of a new ladder. It was scary because I’m at the bottom of something, but I felt that with his encouragement, I could go out there and achieve something.”

Paloma’s next gig is at Ipswich Regent Theatre, tickets from Live Nation. ‘Fall To Grace’ is released May 28, preceded by the single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ on May 20.