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New Zealand Sensation Lorde Releases New Single “Team”

Debut album "Pure Heroine" due September 30

By the time most of us had heard “Royals,” the smash single from teen songstress Lorde, the song was already popular in her home country of New Zealand. Since the tune went global, it has shot to the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and currently sits at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for a teenager most of us had never heard of three months ago.

Now, in advance of her debut album Pure Heroine (which drops on 9/30), Lorde has released a new single, “Team,” which in my view is equally as catchy as “Royals.”

There seems to be a running anti-opulence theme with Lorde’s songs, as she repeatedly points out the glamorous futility of the pop-star lifestyle compared to where the average Joe comes from.  In “Royals,” Lorde says “I’m not proud of my address / In the torn-up town, no post code envy…We count our dollars on the train to the party,” while at the same time she decries, “Every song’s like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom…We’ll never be royals / It don’t run in our blood / That kind of lux just ain’t for us.” In similar fashion, in “Teams” Lorde exposes the lavish life as a sort of prison: “Everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive / ‘Cause what this palace wants is release,” continuing, “We live in cities you’ll never see on screen / Not very pretty but we sure know how to run free.” She offers a parting shot to urban pop: “I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands in the air.”

With that said, let me say I love Lorde’s music so far, and I’m really looking forward to the full album—but with two singles saying almost exactly the same things, I’m a little concerned that maybe she’s limiting her range of material a bit too much. Obviously, we won’t know till Pure Heroine is released. For now, anyhow, she’s putting out music that sticks in my brain. I’m a fan, and I’m pulling for her.


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Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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