Lorde is still riding that counter-culture with new single Team and its accompanying video. The singer-songwriter offered up this explanation on the visuals via her Facebook page (which thankfully means I don' t have to spend all day trying to decipher the meaning behind it):
“This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. Enjoy.”Source: Facebook
With lyrics like "We live in cities you'll never see on screen. Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things" and "I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there", the song echoes many of the hipster-esque, nonconformist sentiments of her massive single Royals. It's potentially a risky strategy releasing the pair back-to-back as the similarities could lead to the Diva being labelled a one-trick pony - lyrically, at least. But considering Royals is on course to spending its tenth week at number one in the States, it only makes sense to try capitalising on that success. Gotta get those coins!