The Welcome Contradictions of Lorde


I used to think of music taste as a kind of hierarchy. On the first level, you listened to what was available, which was likely to be pop. The second level was the first sphere of being critical--you stopped listening to pop, because that's what everyone else listened to. And the third level, where things got interesting, is when you realized that being reactionary about pop didn't distinguish you or say that much about you. After that, you at least attempt to listen to both "pop" and "not pop" on their own merits.

That hierarchy is outdated because the lines aren't clear anymore--there need not be any crossing back and forth between how you feel about pop. (Mumford and Sons, who are definitively first level, are not necessarily "pop.") Lorde is 16. That's the right age to understand how little your message's package matters to its content. For the next generation, choosing a musical allegiance won't be as cut and dry as pop vs. alternative. As is the case in choosing between Miley Cyrus and Lorde--two young women who make catchy, upbeat songs--the difference will come down to substance, rather than what liking one or the other says about you.

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noeyedeer
noeyedeer

@RBAUTZ  if i understood your comment rightly (& i hope i didnt) ..

EUROPE..?? .. im assuming your american and probably cant find europe on the Map..?? .. Lol shes from NEW ZEALAND! .. which is further away from Europe than America is hahahaha! .. (learn how to use an atlas) .. New Zealand (the place where hobbits come from ;) .. is a small country with a population less than 5million, made up of three islands.. near Australia.. Australia being south of Asia.. 


Lorde is different to most major pop artists because NZers are in general different to most westerners.. our music scene is alot different.. its generally independent artists who make it here, because the major labels suck at promoting anything thats different to whats on TV .. we have a huge Dub/reggae scene and our dub is different to most dub from around the world, as is our electronic music ( no shitty avici cheese trance here) & its all alot more concious .. & alot of youths listen to drum & bass and electronic since we have a big scene for that.. we had a dubstep scene as far back as 2007, drum & bass as far back as 1998.. (mainstream in 2005) & except for the fact we unfortunately now have a very right-wing govt, a large proportion are politically/worldly/environmentally aware (we're known as being Nuclear free for over 30 years & proud of it, & the 1st place in the world to give women the vote..) every little town in NZ has DJs & a dub/reggae/electronic/D&B/dubstep band.. Fat Freddys Drop headlined EUs biggest D&B/Dubstep festival, & is getting big in the US underground now, (260,000 fans is pretty good for a full independent dub band) & theyre only one of many similar bands) . expect to see more of us moving up as music starts to become a little more real.. :)


matthewgiobbi
matthewgiobbi

I think we do our best thinking in adolescence. This young lady is refreshing. Thoughtful post, thank you!


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Anaryl
Anaryl

You wrote 8 paragraphs and some eluded saying anything at all. Such vacuousness is what you are attempting to celebrate in the younger generation.


RBAUTZ
RBAUTZ

Lol, hating Lana Del Rey, doesn't make her less important for Pop Art or less successful.

Europe you've got it better.

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