“I’m kinda over getting told to throw my hands up in the air. So there. / I’m kinda older than I was when I revelled without a care,” coos 16 year-old Lorde on ‘Team’, the follow-up to her monstrous hit, ‘Royals’ (below). Whilst it would be remiss (if not downright hypocritical) of us to endorse this kind of revelry fatigue in one so young, the thoughtful New Zealander’s take on the current pop landscape is certainly refreshing: for more of it, read this.
Aside from all that business, though, this is a really striking piece of music. Boasting stadium handclaps, a squeaky 80s vocal and more hooks than an angling festival (sorry), ‘Team’ is a bona fide pop anthem. So even if her acerbic lyrics and admirable determination to be different end up being undermined beyond credibility by her major label record deal and imminent ubiquity, it will matter less – because this is a great tune.