“You’ve bewitched me body and soul.
For most, that statement is little more than a sappy sentiment from classic literature - the fleeting moment Mr. Darcy finally admits his feelings for Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” For those at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on Saturday evening, it was the rush of emotions felt throughout the room when Lorde took the stage.
It’s likely you’ve heard of the 16-year-old from New Zealand, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who broke into the mainstream earlier this year with hit single “Royals.” Compared to the electro-pop vibes of acts like Mazzy Star and Portishead, it’s Lorde’s stripped down production, haunting vocals and naïve dissection of society that caught the attention of the Internet early on. It’s also what's made her debut, Pure Heroine (out Oct. 1), so anticipated. And why her first show in Seattle - as part of the 10th annual Decibel Fest - was one of the most sought after shows of the year.
From the minute the young singer took the stage, it was evident something lovely was about to take place. Sure, Lorde is a stunner with unruly curls of brown hair, perfectly lined dark lips and a sexy croon. But dressed in a simple white button up and black slacks, this show was less about what was going on in front of us, and more about what we were all there to hear. And as she delivered the creeping verses of “Tennis Court” and “Royals,” and “Bravado,” the crowed seemed to sway slowly in awe.
There’s something witch-y about Lorde, but not in the same in-your-face stylings of acts like Florence and the Machine or Grimes. Rather, Lorde’s delivery is creeping and subtle, like a massive wave inching slowly into shore. It’s this heaviness, heard both on record and in the live setting, that further supports the idea the up-and-coming star is in the midst of creating some sort of dream world we're all just visiting for the night. As the singer began to introduce new track “Ribs,” she took a moment to explain this was her favorite show yet. “This is mental,” she summed up at the close of her too short 50-minute set. And it totally was.
We love, love, love you Lorde. Please come back soon.