Lorde: from shadow to light


A priori, the names of their albums – pure heroin (2013), Melodrama (2017) and Solar energy (2021) – give a good idea of ​​his artistic career, as if the New Zealander had been moving little by little from shadow to light.

It stands to reason that Lorde is no longer the 15-year-old she was in 2012, when she created the song Royals that would make her world famous. But having seen her twice at festivals in Montreal (Osheaga 2014 and 2017), it was very gratifying to see her express her artistry and creativity in a concert hall with a production worthy of the name.

Lord! Lord!

And she was the expected one, the one who was born as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor in Auckland, in 1996. In the minutes before her arrival on stage, the audience could be heard chanting her name or punctuating each volume with shrill screams. background music drop To my right in row R, the three young women couldn’t wait any longer. In front of me, the spectator had come to the concert on crutches. It takes what it takes to see her favorite.

Turning off the lights at 8:42 pm blew out the decibel scale and the eardrum of my right ear (all three female viewers…), while the overwhelmingly female crowd of Lorde’s generation stood up never to sit down again. more than one hour. and a half.

The New Zealander made herself heard before being seen during Leader of a new regimewhose silhouette was projected like a Chinese shadow through a large drum topped by a slender staircase whose shape, seen at an angle, recalled the extremity of the lighting structures of the Place des Festivals.

splendid staging

This duo of atypical shapes – one geometric, the other not – rested on a turntable that allowed Lorde endless variations, presentation department: mid-stair performances (buzz cut season), lying at the foot of the stairs (California), lying on the steps (mood ring) or others, with their musicians and singers behind, as was the case with The way. And that without counting the two large fixed stairs on the sides of the stage through which musicians, musicians and singers passed. Great staging caliber.

Singer Lorde sings on stage as musicians walk towards her.

The show benefited from an elaborate staging.

Photo: Patrick Beaudry, SNAPePHOTO

It’s raining outside, but here you can see the sun. It’s magic. You don’t know how happy I am to be here.the singer said after a trio of songs.

The danger with any substantial production is that it sometimes risks eating the artist. None of that here. The introverted and introspective Lorde from the beginning gave way to an accomplished artist who takes real pleasure in transmitting her joy of living on stage in an environment worthy of the greats.

Those who saw the teenager almost ten years ago dancing wildly without any expression on her face were better able to measure the progress made. Lorde knows how to exercise restraint when the occasion calls for it, but she practically walks the stage from one end to the other during an invigorating performance of Ribs.

From anxiety to pleasure

Visibly happy to be back on a world tour this week – the Montreal concert was only her third stop – she greeted our city, which she seems to particularly appreciate, and spoke of her relationship with the scene, sitting on the steps of her revolving staircase , during an acoustic segment that included domino Y Responsibility. The moment was reminiscent of Osheaga, this time in 2017, when he sat onstage to address the crowd in the pouring rain. Minus the rain, of course…

In the old days, I was fine on stage, but the hours before concerts… I was terrified. This is not the case. The anxiety is over.

A great observer of what happens around her, the author-composer has for a long time transferred bittersweet feelings to her songs, especially on the relational level, which have attracted a young female audience that has recognized herself in her.

On Thursday, almost all the songs – from the classics to the most recent ones – were performed by a choir of some 3,000 voices from the ground to the depths of the last balcony of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Solar energy Although it has been released since 2021, we rarely attend a concert where the new titles are so familiar.

Découpé en trois acts où Lorde a changé de vêtements chaque fois, from the tenue décontractée d’ouverture à une moulante, puis à un ensemble pantalon-bustier stamped années 1970, le concert a care son paroxysme avec un triple coup-de-poing compound Sober, Supercut Y perfect places. Funk lines and beats ran through the room and the audience transformed the tall Wilfrid into a dance floor. The only thing missing was the disco ball, well…

In the absence of a ball, it was confetti that rained down on the spectators in the final of Solar energy who set the table perfectly for a Green light delirious where Lorde literally radiated happiness. She had saved for the reminder the essentials royalty which she interpreted with a ray of light directed towards her, before concluding with another song of the first hour, Teamwhose letter – “ we’re on each other’s team — perfectly reflected his connection with the public.

If this concert turned out to be a formidable tone in the gray environment, it also showed that Lorde can defend on stage an album that is very different from his previous ones from the stylistic point of view. And then, coincidentally, the supposed 25-year-old he’s become has retained the ardor of the 17-year-old who had brought us down so much in 2014.


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