16-year-old New Zealand native Lorde has a surprise hit this summer with “Royals”, a song that’s taken everyone aback by how quickly it’s jumped from hipster blogs to mainstream radio. “Royals” is a good song, but it’s her second single, “Tennis Court,” that’s really grabbed my attention. A lot of that has to do with this fantastic video, which is an expert study in dramatic minimalism. As an interesting change of pace the camera holds still on Lorde’s face without cutting away, but the only word of the song she bothers to sing is the otherworldly deep “Yeah” that punctuates the chorus. Despite the fact that not much actually happens here, her expressions, the make-up and the lighting all combine perfectly to make her performance quite mesmerizing.
Lorde – Tennis Court
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