Lilian Min
September 24, 2015 12:19 pm

“Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know” — Kiwi songstress Lorde has always had a knowing bent to her music, but as of late, she’s been lending her voice and worldview to other projects. There’s her extensive work with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, like explosive single “Yellow Flickr Beat“; now, she’s on a track from electronica brothers Disclosure’s sophomore album Caracal, and the results are, shall we say, “magnetic.”

“Magnets” has a groovy beat from the masterminds behind “Latch” and “White Noise,” two of recent music memory’s biggest and least conventional hits, and doesn’t deviate much from Disclosure’s winning formula: Spare but tightly crafted songs, with a star-making vocal line on top. Now, Caracal is filled with familiar names (including “Latch” singer Sam Smith), and Lorde’s turn on the album is a worthy showcase of both artists’ best qualities.

With a slightly sardonic inflection, Lorde drawls out the lyrics, which read like a less-confrontational version of the Pussycat Dolls’ anthem “Don’t Cha” (I’m serious): “You and that girl, is she your girlfriend? / Face from heaven, bet the world she don’t know / Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know / But my way I’ll share the things that you want.” Lorde generally eschews the harsh pop idol spotlight, but her stance on this song is lowkey bravado at its finest — like when someone with black lipstick on walks into a room.

“Magnets” debuted on legendary UK radio personality Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show; though Caracal isn’t out until tomorrow, you can jam out to “Magnets” on repeat below:

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Images via Instagram and Island Records.

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