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Hard News: Friday Music: Melodrama

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  • Ross Bell,

    Loving Melodrama "Broadcast the boom boom boom boom and make 'em all dance to it."

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 146 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Further to Andrew Schmidt's 1981 history: Simon Grigg's account of the Screaming Blamatics Tour – smack in the middle of the Springbok Tour controversy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Christchurch’s DarkSpace festival has announced a psych-heavy lineup for July 22, including Hex, Teeth and All Seeing Hand.

    Should be a cracker, a couple of Dunedin bands in the mix incl. Opposite Sex Here's one of their earlier songs, Sea Shanty

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Opposite Sex also played recently in Dunedin with Colt 45 and The Terminals – and a cracker that was too.

    I hear on good authority, in the absence of any listing, that the latter two are playing at the New City Hotel the night before Darxspace 3. NCH is a de facto space for Log Recordings – but it may become more than that, let’s see.

    The Terminals will roll out their new ‘Antiseptic’ while Colt 45 will continue no doubt in the vein of… Snapper (Christine Voice and Dominic Stones in the line-up, a young chap called Jackson on guitar),

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    And while Lorde impresses, so does Aldous Harding.with Party - check out the new video for Blend where she channels Apocalypse Now

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Wow: Melodrama is tracking at 89% on Metacritic. Raves from Pitchfork, the NYT, Guardian, etc.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double,

    Yes good on Lorde for "Melodrama". Joel Little’s production on "Pure Heroine" always sounded hermetic to me but that now she’s got pianos and guitars and strings she’s sounding like the natural she obviously is. What is it though with favouring producers who used to be in previously useless guitar pop bands? Who’s next? Does someone from Fall Out Boy have a relevant CV?

    I’m boosting SZA’s "CTRL" to anyone who’ll listen. She was on Rihanna’s ANTI which I own on vinyl and have built a small votive shrine to in the basement. Also, her name is pronounced “scissor” which is triple word score shit as far as I’m concerned.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    Perhaps a bit too much detail but this might be of interest to some. What is significant is Ella herself taking part in the process.
    The Spinoff Exclusive: Lorde explains the backstory behind every song on her new album By Henry Oliver | Music Editor

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 344 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ken Double,

    What is it though with favouring producers who used to be in previously useless guitar pop bands? Who’s next? Does someone from Fall Out Boy have a relevant CV?

    Lol. I always thought it was sweet that Ella used to tease Joel about having been in Goodnight Nurse.

    Funny thing is, I like almost everything all of them have done since they stopped being a terrible pop-punk band.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • lloydois,

    It's not just that the reviews are extraordinary, it's the quality of the reviews I'm finding most interesting. They really 'get' Lorde and are engaging with her on her terms. Whether it's a commercial success at this stage pretty much irrelevant. The triumph is all hers.
    http://www.metacritic.com/music/melodrama/lorde?ref=hp

    Sydney • Since Jan 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to lloydois,

    That's an excellent observation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double,

    I think this is the best thing I've read about it. "Best" meaning "I agree" of course.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ken Double,

    Interesting, thanks.
    How did you respond to Royals, personally?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • lloydois, in reply to Ken Double,

    Not the best thing I've read about Lorde by any stretch of the imagination. Alfred is way too cool and hedging his bets.

    There's plenty of reviews to choose from on Metacritic, the joy is that most are simply great reviews that have thought long and hard about what she's done here and appreciated it for what it is.

    A joy to listen to as well as a joy to process on a lyrical level.....that's a rare gig to pull off.

    The absolute best thing I've listened to on the process has to be this. Lorde in her own words. You really get a sense of how smart she is.Worth dedicating a spare hour to.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/19-06-2017/the-spinoff-exclusive-lorde-explains-the-backstory-behind-every-song-on-her-new-album/

    Sydney • Since Jan 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart, in reply to lloydois,

    I'd forgive him a lot for this line:
    An incongruous guitar, like a wasp on a birthday cake

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 796 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double, in reply to Sacha,

    I enjoyed "Royals" but it never quite struck me as a revelation. She was a very clever, self-assured 16 year old but a 16 year old nonetheless. It's waaaay better than Janis Ian but when I listen to Pure Heroine the callowness of the pose spoils it for me. Melodrama is conspicuously more adult which, as an adult, I appreciate. I'm afraid I'm totally the guy that wants to give Holden Caulfield a slapping.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • lloydois,

    And this is particularly lovely.
    https://medium.com/@theneliad/listening-to-melodrama-18a34307af22

    If I was Lorde this would be all i'd need as affirmation.

    Sydney • Since Jan 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ken Double,

    His comparison of ‘Liability’ with ‘All the Young Dudes’ is completely mystifying,

    But this touches on some very interesting points:

    I still remain ambivalent about “Royals,” and because there’s no reason why a good song couldn’t survive – couldn’t thrive on – an ambivalent response, I’m sure I’ll keep Melodrama around in November. I like her album but she’s still got traveling to do. Having worked Pure Heroine into an old-fashioned sleeper hit just before the era of album-equivalent units, she caught so many of us off guard a redress is inevitable. I think she will record better albums. But she’s so young that I worry she won’t survive another hype cycle. In a way Lorde reminds me of semipopular figures like Chris Isaak or a Suzanne Vega: artists who got lucky once and settled a couple albums later into quieter career patterns sustained by an immoveable fan base. We don’t live in that era any more, alas; artists can’t live on streams alone.

    A Facebook friend with an unfortunate (and negative) bee in his bonnet noted other commentary suggesting that, basically, Lorde and her album aren’t optimised for the Spotify era.

    And it’s true. Lorde will have a No.1 US album this week without having a single tune in the US Spotify Top 50. She’s No.1 on the iTunes worldwide chart, nowhere on the Spotify global chart.

    And maybe that’s just how it’ll be. The top of the Spotify global chart (Luis Fonsi, DJ Khaled) is utterly risible and really nothing to do with what she does. Being Chris Isaak wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but I don’t think that’s a good comparison either. I find it hard to believe that the age of streaming means there will be no place for artists who make albums.

    Also to note: Melodrama will be No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales (including "sales equivalents") of 80,000-90,000. That's two places better than Pure Heroine's first week – but Pure Heroine hit No.3 with 129,000 sales. It's not Lorde, it's the whole damn industry.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    From the New Yorker review:

    After a while, the record feels less like a subversion of pop tropes than like a hyperintelligent narration of them. “I know this story by heart / Jack and Jill get fucked up and get possessive when they get dark,” Lorde confesses on “Sober,” a song that is perhaps about a drug comedown; it’s also about the experience of being too lucid to ever really feel drunk. Once an outsider comfortable exploring the superego of pop, she’s now inside it, grasping for the keys to its id.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Being Chris Isaak wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world

    Indeed. Or (cough) Neil Finn. Someone once asked Joe Boyd who he thought had the best career in music and he said "Richard Thompson, even though he probably doesn't realise it". Lorde's ambition is Taylor Swift's audience but unless she commits to raising the banger count she might have to settle for Vampire Weekend's. And that would be no bad thing.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ken Double,

    glad all over...

    I’m totally the guy that wants to give Holden Caulfield a slapping.

    of course you realise his middle name is Morrisey!!
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ha! Hand me the switch Mother!

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ken Double,

    I'm totally the guy that wants to give Holden Caulfield a slapping.

    Get in line! #whinylittlebitch

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2788 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It's not Lorde, it's the whole damn industry.

    And has been for a long while now.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2788 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    It’s not Lorde, it’s the whole damn industry.

    And has been for a long while now.

    It's not actually the revenue, which is stabilising – and has increased for two years running in New Zealand. It the way whole damn thing actually works.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

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