Lorde Is the Queen of Lost Boys In ‘Team’ Music Video: Watch
No one is picked last for Lorde‘s team!
The singer enters a Lord of the Flies– esque Neverland where teenagers stray away from societal norms and exist as the in-crowd with their imperfections — even those with acne — in the music video for the second single from Pure Heroine, “Team.”
The mini-movie begins as a boy with a sack over his head is taken to a deserted community of crumbling buildings — filmed in a Brooklyn neighborhood near the water — which ties into a lyric from the song, “Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams…”
Lorde explained the inspiration behind her video on Facebook before releasing it on Tuesday.
“This video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen” she said. “i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat.”
To support her vision, the “Royals” singer opted for a diverse cast of actors, some with acne-scared faces. This decision might also come from another line in “Team”: “Now bring my boys in/ Their skin in craters like the moon.”
@alana_dp probably the diversity of the casting! it was important to me that we cast real people w real faces. holla acne!
— Lorde (@lordemusic) December 3, 2013
Lorde plays the queen of this broken world and sports cornrows and a long, silky black-and-white dress. She sits surrounded by her subjects in a steamy room filled with tropical plants from her dream.
The sack is finally removed from the boy’s head as he is thrown into the society of lost children. They challenge him to a test of some kind with motorbikes. He tumbles off his bike, but cracks a smile as he lays on the ground with a bleeding nose.
The kids carry the defeated boy into Lorde’s tropical sauna in triumph as the video ends.
“And of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger,” Lorde said referring to the moral of her music video.
What do you think of Lorde’s depiction of her anti-Neverland?