Lorde’s live rendition of her party-anthem “Perfect Places” was reimagined to the tune of an impassioned ballad, complemented by a choir and Lorde’s ever-so awkward but ardent dance moves last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“Perfect Places,” the final song on her new album Melodrama, revolves around heavy, upbeat percussion and a thick synth lead that really drives the ‘young wild and free’ sentiment. But Lorde’s Monday night set on Seth Meyers ditched the thick drums and electronic feel of the original and replaced them with silky piano, an epic choir, and an overall more organic and emotional interpretation of her anthem.
In her pre-show interview, Lorde amusingly elaborated on getting stuck on the New York subway for 4 hours and how much she loved it. She explained, “I understand if you’ve lived here for a long time, and you’ve caught the subway 5 thousand times, you would hate it. For me, it still has a bit of romance.” The singer also went on to talk about her synesthesia and its role on her album.
“For me, music and words kind of have colors and textures and forms,” she explained. This didn’t bode well with her producer, Jack Antonoff, a “synesthesia muggle,” who apparently had no clue as to what Lorde wanted at times. “I would be like, ‘it just doesn’t look very nice,'” she recalled. “And he would be like, ‘what do you want me to do with that information, there’s nothing there!'”
Well, the album turned out alright, debuting as Lorde’s first #1 on the Billboard Albums. Lorde is busy with a tour coming up next year. In the meantime, here’s more Lorde dancing her heart out.