Lorde – Melodrama [Album Live Snippet] Zip Download
On Thursday (April 13) she teased that there’d be a 5 p.m. announcement the next day for “Southern California” and to keep the night free. Ending the tweet with an emoji of a cactus was perhaps a giveaway for an impromptu pre-Coachella set gig at this legendary 240 capacity barroom.
December 2014 was the last time Lorde performed live (aside from her recent SNL appearance, of course). The world has been baited for her return, and so far spoiled by the oppositional offerings of club ready ‘Green Light’ and beauteous ballad ‘Liability’. Tonight she emerges at a quarter past midnight after the remaining bars of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ end. You don’t get the impression Lorde considers herself to be picking up any such precocious batons, but you can sense the lineage here between one all-time great performer and another rising future superstar.
At the same time you’re reminded of her stark naivety and infectious wonderment as she calls out to the entire Yellich O’Connor family standing at the back of the room. “I love that so many of you made the drive out here,” she giggles. “I’ve been getting ready for Coachella but I feel like this is the fun show. I got my eyebrows done today and a pedicure because my toenails were getting to the front of my sneakers.”
Juxtapose that goofiness with the truly sincere ‘Liability’ and it’s hard not to get carried away with excitement for what’s about to transpire for Lorde. “This is my little ghost song,” she explains. “I feel like a little ghost with this one.” She recalls going on a massive walk in New Zealand and being sad and stressed. She tells the story like she’s narrating her own Jane Austen novel. “I walked until I couldn’t walk anymore. I caught a cab and that wonderful Rihanna record [Anti] had just come out. I put on ‘Higher’ and I was doing that type of crying that you don’t want the cab driver to hear. My face was right on the glass.”
“It’s hard when you’re 20 years-old,” she concludes with a radiant chagrin. The struggles look to have paid off.