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Riff: Lorde – “Tennis Court”

Oct 23, 2013

Pretty soon I’ll be getting on my first plane/I’ll see the veins of my city like they do in space/But my head’s filling up fast with the wicked games, up in flames/How can I fuck with the fun again, when I’m known?

from Tennis Court lyrics by Lorde

Lorde enjoys the opportunity her hits afford her, but is wary of losing adolescence to the limelight in this somber jam. The webs’ over-hyping aside, she puts a fresh twist on Top-40 formulas – the result of influence from both by Etta James and Nicki Minaj – here, she leans toward the better.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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