Lorde’s next “experimental” record will include music inspired by pop singer Robyn.
The “Royals” crooner is currently crafting her sophomore record following Pure Heroine, and though we don’t know much about the next LP, we do know Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” had a strong impact on the teen singer. She took to Tumblr to write a stream of consciousness, which includes a section where she admits to Googling a picture of Britney taken by photographer David Lachapelle.
the other day i was in the studio with some new friends, and i asked them which one song they would send into space, to live on forever, if they had to. one said ‘perfect day’ by lou reed (a song which i heard when i was thirteen in passing somewhere, then went home and sat in front of my family’s desktop computer listening to, and cried my eyes out) and someone else said ‘god only knows’ by the beach boys, also in my top 5, so complex and kind of bittersweet and happy, also a good choice. and i thought about it for a while, thought about talking heads and fleetwood mac and nina simone, but the song that came out of my mouth was ‘dancing on my own’ by robyn. this song, to me, is perfect. it’s happy and sad, fiery and independent but vulnerable and small, joyous even when a heart is breaking. every line is perfect, how that second verse (“stilettos and broken bottles / i’m spinning around in circles”) stumbles perfectly into that bridge (”the lights go on, the music dies / …i just came to say goodbye”), and final chorus. it’s just perfect. we put it on right there in the studio, and i was up out of my seat dancing with my eyes screwed shut, and my hands up around my ears, and we looked into each other’s eyes and sang the words, and i could feel something hot and teary in the back of my throat just from FEELING so much at once. and i think it was then when i realized i’m going to be in love with music for the rest of my life.
We haven’t done a whole lot of production on it yet. We just want to make sure the songs are really good and try and experiment with some new things — just different beats and whatever occurs in the studio.”
If Lorde is serious about using Robyn as inspiration for her next effort, then she’ll take a similar leap into the realm of pure pop much like bestie Taylor Swift successfully did. Is it asking too much for the general public to change their perception of Lorde from dark pop rock goth-chic to basically bubble gum pop? Absolutely not, but will it be an uphill battle for Lorde? Absolutely.