New Zealand singer Lorde is among a group of new wave pop artists defined by their disregard for genre. This aspect of her music is evident in her live shows. Lorde performed at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Saturday, March 24, with indie rock singer-songwriter Mitski and Hip hop duo Run The Jewels opening the show.
Mitski started off the night with emotional and unique songs, playing bass guitar with instrumental support from a backing band. Then Run The Jewels took the stage and completely flipped the atmosphere around to create a vibrant and upbeat mood. Despite their differences, both acts shared something musically in common with Lorde; for Mitski it’s her lyrics and voice, and for Run The Jewels it’s their beats and colorful sound.
Lorde’s set began with her song “Sober” from her grammy-nominated album Melodrama. Bright blue lights and backup dancers introduced the song before Lorde herself took the stage to the sound of screaming fans. Lorde combined the emotional and vibrant ambiences each opening act left, creating a feeling that perfectly encompasses the music on Melodrama, which she played in its entirety along with songs from her first album Pure Heroine, including her hit-single “Royals”.
Despite the minimalism in stage setup – bright lights and a lit-up box that raised and lowered backup dancers – Lorde was able to capture the hearts of the audience with her beautiful vocals and interesting lyrics. The bright, changing lights utilized in the show helped set the tone of each song; yellow and blue for the song “Yellow Flicker Beat” and flashing green for her single “Green Light”. Lorde showed that even for a star as big as herself, a show stripped down to the bare minimum can shine when accompanied with beautifully written music.