If you like Lorde, listen to Keyes
Lorde still doesn't get enough credit for the lane she carved out in pop music. Avoiding the obvious, more bubbly pop route, Lorde honed in on a slower, brooding sound with all the catchiness of the best radio hits but a dark undercurrent that kept things interesting.
That's what 18-year-old artist Keyes accomplishes on her very first song. "Veins" remains featherlight despite the minor key and haunting production, another example of the new, weightier definition of pop music.