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Ottawa Folkfest 2014 – Lorde

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Ottawa Folkfest 2014 – Lorde

Who: Lorde (Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor) 

From:  Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand 

Where:  Ottawa Folk Fest 2014 at Hog’s Back Park 

When:  Thursday, September 11th, 2014 

Total Score: 8/10

Stage Presence: 9/10
Image: 8/10
Musical Ability:  7/10
Originality: 8/10
Crowd Reaction: 10/10

Style:  Lorde’s music is a fusion of electronica and pop rock in the best way possible. A blend of digital sounds, talented instrumentation, and her melodic drawn out vocals make for music that is as unique as she is. With hooks that leave you singing along in your head far after the performance has ended she truly knows how to captivate her listener. Lorde has a sound that is bringing a fresh perspective to what is considered pop in this era; at the ripe age of 17 through her stellar live performance and constant play on the radio waves is taking the scene by storm.

Crowd:  With the crisp cool wind of fall in the air it seemed apparent that the season had finally hit us on this chilly September evening. However this did not stop a huge crowd attending the Eh! Stage for the main performance of the evening on what was day two of Ottawa Folkfest.  With a massive crowd, that seemingly through the murmur appeared to be even bigger than years past, Lorde was about to set the place off. People of all ages anxiously anticipated what was sure to be the performance of the evening. Sure enough, as soon as Lorde took the stage a tremendous roar echoed throughout the Ottawa nightscape and did not stop until the performance ended. On top of all the noise fans were singing along to hits such as “Tennis Court”, “Royals”, and “Team”, which were easily the crowd pleasers of the evening. A humble Lorde graciously thanked the crowd many times for attending and even hinted that she would love to come back to Ottawa due to the reception she received that evening. 

Technicalities:  Lorde falls into a middle ground with her music as it is hard to define exactly what you are listening too in her live performance. With electronic sounds, pop rock instrumentation and her steady melodic vocals, she has come up with a recipe for hit music.  Lorde does not have a vocal range that will blow you away, but she makes up for it in hitting every note as if you were listening to her on the radio. An on point live performance full of eye catching background videos, lights and her sporadic stage presence leave you not being able to look away. Lorde performs like no other, dancing along to her songs whilst singing on stage her body pulsates with every beat. Her band was on point as well never skipping a beat along side her unique way of performing.

Image:  Lorde’s image is quite remarkable for someone so young. With long curly locks flailing about on stage as she moves around all over she truly owns it. Some describe her as a rather plain “pop-star” however this adds to her image as she is beautiful in her own way and doesn’t go to great heights to change her appearance despite being in the limelight. With many costume changes throughout her performance one theme seemed to be long flowy clothes to accent her appearance while she danced the night away on stage. Lorde’s image is a fresh perspective to the genre and it’s good to see. 

Memorable Moment:  Lorde being only 17 and reaching stardom has had a quick jump into adulthood. A moment that stood out amongst the loud cheers of the crowd and the high paced performance was actually a calming in the storm. Between songs Lorde went off on a bit of a rant about growing up despite not really wanting to, a relatable feeling for many in the crowd of mixed heavily with students. She described a scene at her house in New Zealand where she one night threw a house party with friends, she was up until 4 a.m. with her best friend trying to clean up the mess from the nights endeavours. For some reason in this moment she found herself realizing that she was an adult. This seemed to hit home for many in the crowd as many students were in attendance and have gone through this transition period recently. 

Overall:  Lorde still has room to grow musically but at such a young age she will hopefully do so in the coming years. As a performer Lorde is a must see act, she goes on stage for the enjoyment of her fans and seemingly herself as well. Her performance is captivating and enjoyable as the imagery as well as the on point vocals complement each other perfectly. With catchy music she is sure to be at the forefront of the popular music seen for a while and definitely is a force to be reckoned with now and for years to come. 

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Review by Jonathon (Jono) Del Pozo

Photos by Mac Dimanlig


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