Lorde continues her Solar Power-era performances, this time with a cover – an unexpected rendition of Britney Spears’ track “Break the Ice” from her 2007 album Blackout. The performance was filmed in the New York Botanical Gardens and simply features Lorde dancing amongst the trees.
The idea of a Britney-Lorde comparison might seem absurd at first, but the simple beat and piano behind Lorde’s voice as she dances through “Break the Ice” make the track sound like something she would have sung on Melodrama. It is a nod back to the sparkly pop magnitude of that previous album, leading nicely into the opening line of her own new song “Fallen Fruit”: “To the ones who came before us…” Then, as that song begins, the 1965 Fender Jaguar that runs through Solar Power comes in to let us know that we’ve returned to Lorde’s current sun-drenched era.
Check out the medley below: