Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Track of the Week: "Biting Down" by Lorde

For this week's installment of song of the week, I have picked "Biting Down" by Lorde. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard her song "Royals," and "Biting Down" is off the same album. Instrumentally, it is psychedelic, full of layered synth lines and repetitious vocals. Allegedly, the song is about doing drugs. Biting down is a term used to describe tripping on a psychedllic drug of some kind--matching the instrumental component. She says that she breathed "so deep" she thought she'd drown, meaning she took a deep breath and got high very quickly. she then enters a blissful high, cueing the repeticious lyrics, as she can no longer think in a linear fashion. Overall, Lorde's husky, trance-like vocals--she reminds me so much of a 17 year old version of Lana Del Rey--and the swirling synthesizers make the listener almost feel as if they are tripping on something as well. Masterfully done. I expect even more amazing things from her in the coming years.

Until next week,


  1. Funnily enough, another site put it as 'that moment of clarity when you suddenly are in pain, or end up in icy water' ... Another one described rape... Honestly, it makes me think of the way someone's mind races in a fight, the simpler part just focusing on making pain subside while the more complex parts of the song sound like the mind managing to rebound and think again.

  2. Even Lorde said she didn't know what the song was about (or at least wouldn't tell.) Maybe do some research instead of immediately drawing the conclusion that it's all about drugs.

  3. To me it seems to describe electroshock therapy.

    Whatever it means, it makes for excellent backing for a weird freaky dance piece.