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Lorde Of Hip Pop Essay

908 words - 4 pages

Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, hailing from Auckland, New Zealand is only 17 years old, and already making a name for herself (Lipshutz). She has done this through the sound of her style of music and poetically written lyrics, a skill that may have been passed down by her mother, who is an acclaimed poet (SaveMeOprahW). Her genre is featured as alternative, but I get a feeling of “Hip-Pop” from the intricate production of her beats. “Pure Heroine,” is the title of her debut album, of which I have chosen three songs to analyze and dissect.
“Royals,” which is a song that breaks down “Pop-Culture,” features Lorde explaining the repetitive themes present in today’s popular music, by singing, “Every song’s like Gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom, bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room,” (Yelich-O'Connor, Royals) and how she has no interest in the lavish lifestyle that a number of famous people possess. A fun mockery of the sorts, apparent in her lyrics is backed by a catchy beat, made evident by the sound of fingers snapping in the background. Moreover, the beat is what completely lures me into the song. What I most enjoy is the vocal harmonization that is introduced in the chorus, giving it the chance to stand out from the rest of the song. Overall, I gathered a fun and happy vibe from this tune. From analyzing this song, it has given me a chance to get inside her mind and understand how she feels about “Pop-Culture,” and being a part of it, as well.
“400 Lux,” paints an image of a young couple that generally has nothing really better to do, than drive the streets in each other’s company and enjoying just that. The song begins with Lorde singing; “We’re never done with killing time can I kill it with you ‘til the veins run red and blue? We come around here all the time, got a lot to not do, lemme kill it with you” (Yelich-O'Connor, 400 Lux). Instantly, you pick up on the fact that they spend a lot of their time doing the same old things without a given care. One lyric that stood out to me the most was, “You drape your wrists over the steering wheel, pulses can drive from here.” (Yelich-O'Connor, 400 Lux). The lyrics may sound slightly somber, but the heavy laidback beat gives way for a smooth, relaxed rhythm, making the lyrics not seem so ho-hum. However, not overwhelming, the chorus does express an upward shift in speed of the beat. This track is fun to drive to, since it possesses low bass, giving it a hip-hop sound. I also experience a feeling of nostalgia when...

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