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Lorde launched her Melodrama World Tour all the way back in September, but the North American leg of the tour only began this week, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fortunately, the “Green Light” singer made sure to start off the new leg with a bang, as she treated concertgoers to both an unreleased Melodrama track and a surprising cover.
Last month, Lorde took to Instagram to inform her fans that she was considering performing a B-side that got cut from 2017’s Melodrama at the last minute.
“I may or may not have dug up a song that we wrote during the Melodrama sessions that didn’t make it,” Lorde teased. “One that I really love.”
It now seems that the song she was talking about is called “Precious Metals,” a mid-tempo, piano-heavy tune that would have fit right in alongside tracks like “Sober” and “Homemade Dynamite.” Some of her lyrics are difficult to make out, but you can watch a fan-uploaded video of the performance, complete with the New Zealander’s signature dance moves, below. We’re not sure whether or not Lorde will eventually upload a clean, professionally mixed version of “Precious Metals,” but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Lorde also set aside time during the Milwaukee performance to pay tribute to one of her favourite artists, Frank Ocean. During a podcast interview with New Zealand web magazine The Spinoff, Lorde talked about how Ocean’s 2016 album Blonde influenced her while she was making Melodrama.
“In this sort of post-Blonde landscape, we can all sort of do whatever we want in terms of instrumentation,” Lorde explained. “I can use guitars and I can get a big gnarly Flume beat and throw it under water.”
She indirectly thanked Ocean for his work by performing “Solo,” the fifth track off of Blonde, while kneeling on Milwaukee’s stage floor in a flowing white dress. Lorde’s cover closely resembles the original Blonde version, but her unmistakable gravelly voice helped bring out the song’s subtle melancholic qualities (a feat she also managed to achieve when she covered Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”).
The day before performing in Milwaukee, Lorde shared a trippy new remix of Melodrama track “Supercut” that features her Melodrama World Tour opening act Run the Jewels. Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Styrke and Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski will also open for Lorde at certain points during the tour, which includes a stop in Vancouver on March 8 and a stop in Toronto on March 29. You can check out Lorde’s website for more details.