Those ready to anoint Lorde as the 21st century’s latest one-hit wonder (where she’d join Fountains of Wayne, Daniel Powter and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few) were sorely disappointed after her second U.S. single from her debut album Pure Heroine, “Team,” became another big hit for the New Zealand-born wunderkind. As excellent as Pure Heroine is, nothing on that album comes close to matching the thrilling sense of exploration found on her recently released collaboration with Son Lux, “Easy (Switch Screens).”
The song was first found on Son Lux’s 2013 album Lanterns, but this updated version blows that out of the water. Lorde continues to impress, with a vocal performance that wonderfully expounds on her M.O. throughout Pure Heroine. Over a skittering beat that faintly recalls the theme of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lorde is at her most free-form, a liquefied version of the artist who took the world by the storm. Now, more than ever, it’s apparent how dexterous and multi-faceted this young singer-songwriter truly is.