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” by Lorde does.
With the voice of Adele, the style of Lana Del Ray and the beats of Kanye West you have 16-year-old New Zealand singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor, AKA Lorde. She’s the perfect Frankenstein monster to storm the music charts this summer. Many, including Billboard, are already calling her “The next big thing” 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. It’s the type of song you would expect to hear on Skins (UK, of course), HBO’s Girls or maybe even an older episode of 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 we’re famous. But wait we aren’t famous. I have never had a single drop of Cristal, forget taking a shower in it. As for that hotel trashing, I wouldn’t even dare touch something in the mini bar, so there is no way I’m so much as breaking a light bulb. Oh, and seriously, ball gowns?! The closest I’ve ever gotten to that was my prom dress and it wasn’t even a poofy princess one, so I just can’t relate.
Like the wise and always in touch Gwenyth Paltrow once said “I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be someone who makes $25,000 a year,” because I seriously make 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 “That kind of lux just ain’t for us” because “we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams”. (Don’t mind me, this song is just super quotable)
Now, Lorde and I aren’t trying to say that the average person can’t have fun. I mean I’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 “low class” party scene
Even though the beat of this song is just dripping with gold and diamonds the words are meant to celebrate “the struggle” of knowing we’ll never be royals “and everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this.We didn’t come from money”
So the next time you’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-royals “crave a different kind of buzz” (the kind brought on by cheap wine).
Don’t forget to put this at the top of your summer playlist.
And just keep sipping, my friend.