Published Nov 4, 2014 Updated May 30, 2021, 6:55 am CDT
Lorde’s musical past has already been partially excavated: You can hear recordings of her Fugazi-influenced high school band And They Were Masked on Bandcamp. But what was 12-year-old Lorde up to?
A 2009 recording of Lorde—then known as Ella Yelich O’Connor—covering Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” on Radio New Zealand has started circulating again. It’s a pretty striking cover, and a reminder that Lorde’s version is much more tolerable than Kings of Leon’s.
She also covers Pixie Lott’s “Mama Do,” which you can find here.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.