The New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O'Connor, came and conquered San Francisco's iconic Fillmore venue last night. In front of a sold-out house with about 1,100 frenzied fans spanning all ages, the heavily hyped songstress lived up to her name and reigned supreme.
Coming on shortly after 9pm, Lorde kicked off her set with a personal favorite "Bravado." Throughout the hour-long set that included tracks from her debut EP The Love Cub and debut full-length album Pure Heroine, Lorde graced the stage with a mature stage presence that reminded you of a seasoned vet. At only 16, her skills and characteristics have potential that are mind-boggling, and one can only imagine where she will be in a few short years.
One highlight to note was her remix of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead," which was actually pretty dope -- but she rambled afterwards "that wasn't good." I disagree. After each song, the eyes-locked-with-smartphones-held-high crowd screamed and cheered. As she tried to tame the crowd between songs to get a few words in, most of which were unrecognizable mumbles, one comment was made clear, "San Francisco, if this was our first date, we would go all the way" -- just what the Dads of all the 16-year-old girls there didn't wanted to hear.
Nonetheless, her dynamic voice backed by the deep rumbling bass and bouncy loops overshadowed any doubts or miscues. If she comes to a town near you, don't hesitate to see this young phenom and hear the talk of the town.
Her debut album Pure Heroine is currently available via Universal Music, and can purchased on iTunes here.