TENNIS COURT LORDE, 2013
To paraphrase the cliche about books and covers, don't judge a song by its title. Last year, the BBC played Lorde's Tennis Court during its coverage of the Wimbledon women's singles final, wrongly assuming the song was about tennis. Not only has the 17-year-old New Zealander never played the game, she doesn't follow it, either. However, “I've always been fascinated by the visual concept of the tennis court,” she said last year. “There's a tennis court in my home town [Auckland] where my friends and I would hang out when we were kids, right up until we were teenagers, and that was a symbol that felt kind of nostalgic to me.” Lorde says she wrote the song about her first impressions of the music industry, and “I was thinking about how superficial people can be and how we put up all these fronts”. The BBC has learned something about first impressions too, leaving the song off its 2014 Wimbledon playlist earlier this month.
Lorde plays Brisbane Riverstage tomorrow.