Last year, Lorde came out of middle-of-nowhere New Zealand and scored a #1 American hit. This year, she’s sold more albums than almost anyone else. She’s become a bona fide pop star without sacrificing any of her art-kid weirdness, and she’s curated the indie-heavy soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which seems certain to be one of the year’s biggest movies. Today, she turns 18. I had barely figured out how to spell my own name by the time I turned 18. It’s pretty impressive. This being her birthday, Lorde has chosen today to drop the video for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her Hunger Games single. The clip is a full-on showcase for Lorde’s freaky witch-marionette rap-hands dancing. The great Emily Kai Bock directed it, bringing some of the same ominous Lynchian darkness that she’s brought to her Grimes collabs. Check out the video below.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is out 11/18 on Republic.