HEAR THIS: Lorde

July 25. 2013 | By Sarah Braverman

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Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is only 16 years old. Let’s just let that simmer for a minute.

The New Zealand native’s hit “Royals” is already sitting pretty atop NZ’s digital song charts. Prospects look good for the United States’ rankings, too; her EP The Love Club broke into Billboards’ Top 200 last week at #191. We can only guess how high she’ll soar. Putting numbers aside, Lorde’s music speaks for itself.

The singer-songwriter has a knack for harmonies. Her layered vocals on “Million Dollar Bills” sound vaguely like Kimbra while “Tennis Court” is reminiscent of a stripped down Lana Del Rey. Add a little Florence Welch into the mix and here you have it.

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