Single Review – Lorde – Perfect Places 

In the run up to the release of sophomore album Melodrama, Lorde dropped Green Light and Liability – two very different songs sending you to two very different places. Now the 20-year-old songstress has dropped Perfect Places, the song that will wrap up a tracklist detailing a night spent at an eventful house party. The track hardly paints the night to be one of great success, more a picture of beautiful carnage, which Lorde always illustrates wonderfully throughout her scrupulous repertoire celebrating inadequacy. Propped up by instrumentalism that recalls a little bit of Team blended with a little bit of the muted synth-disco of Green Light, her distinctive vocals relay events of “graceless nights” and dreaming of some kind of utopia – the happy-enough backing track may superficially imply Lorde and Co are already there, but the glum lyrics of longing for purpose and self-discovery suggest otherwise, combining what the girl does best: realism to a great beat.

Ellie Chivers

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