Last week, Lorde returned triumphantly home to New Zealand and covered James Blake’s “Retrograde” onstage. We posted a fan-made video, but this is better. Lorde sang the song live-in-studio during a visit to the Australian radio station Triple J. This time, then, we get to hear crystalline audio and see unencumbered images of Lorde clawing at the air like some demented skeleton lady. Seriously: Lorde’s batty onstage presence is the greatest of many factors that separate her from the teen-pop pack. The cover is nice, too. Watch it below.
Lorde’s album Pure Heroine is out now on Universal.