When Lorde dropped her cinematic music video for Perfect Places on Thursday, she tweeted a challenge to fans.
There’s “a couple cute easter eggs in this video,” she said. So, “let’s see if you spot them.”
And with that, fans were off to analyze the 4-minute-video for inside jokes, meta moments and cultural references.
What did Lorde devotees find? Well, for one, they found a video that climbed to the top of the YouTube trending chart that day. But they also found these potential secret messages:
The singer features literal Easter eggs?
She’s referencing other song lyrics?
In her song Sober II, Lorde sings “Oh, how fast the evening passes. Cleaning up the champagne glasses.” Some fans guessed that Lorde was referencing that lyric in the scene from the music video where she’s sitting in front of about a dozen champagne flutes.
The same goes for the beach scene. Maybe it’s a nod to the Green Light lyric, “She thinks you love the beach you’re such a damn liar”?
Or the lightbulb scene (that we get into below). Perhaps it’s showing the Liability lyric “all that a stranger would see is one girl swaying alone”?
Hard to say.
Lorde is paying homage to Hayley Williams?
More than one person pointed out how the scene with Lorde dancing around with a single lightbulb looks like the setting of Paramore’s Ignorance video.
If true, Hayley Williams would probably be honored. Back when Lorde’s first Melodrama single came out, Williams tweeted about how “thankful” she was for Greenlight.
She’s giving off Jane from ‘Tarzan’ vibes?
That yellow outfit and hat looked familiar to some fans familiar with Disney’s animated Tarzan. The hat and notebook/sketchbook help sell the comparison.
Lorde gives a nod to Japanese film ‘Rashomon?’
In the video, Lorde stands in a jungle, protected by a white umbrella that covers her body. Kind of resembles an outfit from the groundbreaking Akira Kurosawa film, no?
Are these the “Easter eggs” Lorde intended? Hard to say.
Sadly, Lorde won’t be offering any music-video explanations at her scheduled Lollapalooza show: Her set was canceled due to inclement weather.