Summer is finally in full swing, and you know what that means. Beaches, frozen margas, parties where you can wear white linen pants and listen to summer music. It’s still early enough in the season that there are a few songs with official summer hit potential, but none of them stand out and embody the summer of 2013 the way “Royals” byÂ LordeÂ does.
With the voice ofÂ Adele, the style ofÂ Lana Del RayÂ and the beats ofÂ Kanye WestÂ you have 16-year-old New Zealand singerÂ Ella Yelich-O’Connor,Â AKAÂ Lorde. Sheâ€™s the perfectÂ FrankensteinÂ monster to storm the music charts this summer. Many, including Billboard, are already calling her â€śThe next big thingâ€ť and claiming that she has the same level of genius as Tori Amos.
“Royals” is the first single off of THE LOVE CLUB EP and addresses the disconnect between many celebs and their fans.Â It’s the type of song you would expect to hear onÂ SkinsÂ (UK, of course),Â HBO’sÂ GirlsÂ or maybe even an older episode ofÂ Gossip Girl. Songs about strippers taking Cristal showers and rappers making it rain money are just an everyday thing. We are bombarded with lyrics that tell us that having fun means living a lavish life complete with ball gowns and destroying hotel rooms, because f**k it weâ€™re famous. But wait we arenâ€™t famous. I have never had a single drop of Cristal, forget taking a shower in it. As for that hotel trashing, I wouldnâ€™t even dare touch something in the mini bar, so there is no way Iâ€™m so much as breaking a light bulb. Oh, and seriously, ball gowns?! The closest Iâ€™ve ever gotten to that was my prom dress and it wasnâ€™t even a poofy princess one, so I just canâ€™t relate.
Like the wiseÂ and always in touch Gwenyth Paltrow once said â€śI am who I am. I canâ€™t pretend to be someone who makes $25,000 a year,” because I seriously make Â LESS than that a year. But unlike the famously disconnected “Princess” Gwenyth, Lorde gets it. She understands the little twinge of jealously I feel when I see The Rich Kids of Instagram and reminds me that ultimately â€śThat kind of lux just ainâ€™t for usâ€ť because â€śweâ€™re driving CadillacsÂ in our dreamsâ€ť. (Don’t mind me, this song is just super quotable)
Now, Lorde and I arenâ€™t trying to say that the average person canâ€™t have fun. I mean Iâ€™m aware that most days we may or may not (or may) sit in our sublet apartments eating buttered noodles and reading books we got from the library. But we peasants also know how to ball on a budget.
Think Titanic â€ślow classâ€ť party scene
Even though the beat of this song is just dripping with gold and diamonds the words are meant to celebrate â€śthe struggleâ€ť of knowing weâ€™ll never be royals â€śand everyone who knows us knows that weâ€™re fine with this.We didnâ€™t come from moneyâ€ť
So the next time youâ€™re sitting in your 4-year-old nieces inflatable pool wondering what Cabo is like, put on your most glam shades and sun hat, grab a glass of boxed sangria and let Lorde remind you that we non-royalsÂ â€ścrave a different kind of buzzâ€ť (the kind brought on by cheap wine).
Donâ€™t forget to put this at the top of your summer playlist.
And just keep sipping, my friend.