New music Monday: Lorde – Royals

What does a track need in order to become the undisputed song of the summer? What special ingredients need to be thrown together to create a Call Me Maybe-level monster hit? Perhaps a belter of a chorus, a hilarious dance routine, a nice video with lots of pretty young ladies with their breasticles out? Could a sophisticated slow jam like Lorde’s Royals – a grower, not a show-er – ever beat the likes of Get Lucky and Blurred Lines to the top of the charts and into our collective hearts? Probably not, but if you ‘crave a different kind of buzz’, as the sixteen year old New Zealander sings, you could do a lot worse than to download this sparse and soulful finger-snapper. Sometimes it’s the still waters that pull you in the deepest. I felt similar things about Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools, and I was drowning in that one for months.


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