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Lorde is back and better than ever. The New Zealand singer-songwriter steps her game up in her album released earlier this month, Melodrama. The collection of haunting ballads and heartbreak anthems maintains Lorde’s signature angsty undertones, but demonstrates a whole new level of versatility. The album goes from somber and nostalgic to wistful and transcendent seamlessly. In fact, I couldn’t help but think of a few other great songstresses Lorde emulates in various tracks. Here are 5 singers who came to mind as potentially amazing collaborations for Lorde on her new album.
Lorde’s mantra of defiance established in Pure Heroine makes a matured comeback in Melodrama, developing into a message of independence. “Green Light” and “Supercut” really carry this vibe, which is similar to that of pop-punk band Paramore. The celebration of youth and fearlessness accompanied by upbeat, pop-esque melodies mirrors Haley William’s approach in her more recent work (specifically Paramore’s newest album Hard Times). Williams distinctly powerful voice definitely may contrast Lorde’s more eerie, subtle vocals. However, that kind of dichotomy in an “all-for-one, one-for-all”/ “forever young” anthem could create a dynamic hit that every millennial could relate to.
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Since her album release in 2015, Florence + The Machine has kind of been MIA. Maybe all they need to draw them out of the woodwork is a collaboration with Lorde! I’ve always thought of Florence Welch as Lorde’s musical mom- their voices so similar in their deep, brooding nature. Melodrama has proved that perhaps this is the optimal time for the two to work together. Imagine Florence Welch’s voice on track like “Sober”; the stand-out percussion keeping both singers’ sulky vocals afloat above the driving instrumentals. Pure magic.
Melanie Martinez and Lorde would make quite the duo; so similar in that both their voices are beautifully melancholic, but so different in their pitches and tonalities. That being said, tracks like “Liability” and “Sober II (Melodrama)” prove that such a collaboration could really work. The sing-song, lullaby sound of these songs in particular emulate the Martinez’s own ominous lullabies (aka the entirety of Cry Baby). Just the thought of these two together gives me chills.
You know what else gives me chills? When a song is musically and lyrically dauntless, brassy, and unapologetic about it. “Homemade Dynamite” and “Writer in the Dark” have brought Lorde to this level of chills for me; her robust vocals illustrate how it feels to be reckless and heartbroken and unashamed of it. Marina and the Diamonds entire musical career has embodied this theme, so why can’t these two badass vocalists be unapologetically wild and free together?
In case you haven’t heard of Allie X, I highly suggest you do some research. The Canadian singer-songwriter released her sophomore album earlier this month and is making quite an impression with her quirky, authentic music. If someone tried to align her edgy, electropop beats with the moody, rebellious melodies of Pure Heroine, they probably wouldn’t find much in common. But now that Lorde has branched out in Melodrama with dreamy, heartfelt tunes like “Hard Feelings/ Loveless” and “The Louvre”, a collaboration between these wistful songbirds isn’t totally out of the question.
All in all, Melodrama is not only a multifaceted, masterful album, but it is a testimony to Lorde’s growth as an artist and an exciting indicator of the kind of development we can expect from her in the future. With continuous innovation like this, who knows what Lorde has in store for us (collaborations included)?
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.