“Tennis Court” is the lead single for Lorde’s debut LP, Pure Heroine. It’s a solemn reflection on her upcoming fame. It uses a darker backing than Royals, with even more electronic flairs embedded.
The music video is a one-shot, static shot of Lorde staring in the camera, with her only lip-syncing to the word “yeah”. The fanciest thing about it is her gothic get-up and light flares. When asked about the meaning, she said:
do you think things have to have a definite meaning to be good? i think there’s beauty in something people can’t quite work out, and maybe it wouldn’t be right for me to stick a meaning on it anyway. i made something that i thought was visually compelling, and that’s all i’m going to say. thanks for listening x
It has gone #1 in New Zealand.