“The Love Club” by Lorde is #PhillipsSongOfTheDay
It’s been on repeat for the past hour. Why? Because Lorde is an incredible musician/artist, and I’ve been kind of obsessed with her music for the past month. My sister and I were going to splurge and see her in concert, even though I’m a #brokecollegestudent, but we couldn’t get tickets! It sold out too fast!
Seriously, though, “The Love Club” has this incredible pulsating/swelling background vocals (I don’t really know how to explain it…you just got to listen to it) that really makes the song. The producer, I’m assuming Joel Little (he produced/co-produced all or Lorde’s music…I believe), did this thing where he added a crescendo to the fourth beat (I think) when Lorde’s background vocal goes up that makes the note change stand out….pure genius. This will make more sense if you just listen to the song:
I also want to commend Lorde for the way she sings the chorus, especially the line “Be a part of the love club;” her phrasing is perfect. The way a person sings just one word really can change my opinion of a song (e.g. the way Lorde sings the word “ruins” in her song “Team” is perfection…part of the reason it’s one of my favorite songs…not kidding).
I read an interpretation of “The Love Club” that said the song is about how if you want to be cool and to be “in the club,” by society’s/the media’s standards, you have to be dating someone or be in a relationship. Basically, this is Lorde being her usual self of denouncing the media for telling people, particularly youths, how to live their lives. I kind of admire that about Lorde and her music. I generally don’t like songs that preach to people and tell people how to run their lives, but I think Lorde knows how to straddle that line. Her songs stop right before telling people how they should live; she’s telling us how she chooses to live. I find “The Love Club” to be refreshing, and, at this moment, relatable.