Lorde says her single "Perfect Places" was inspired by a summer in New York City during a spree of bad news and hot temperatures. Specifically, she says, "It sort of drove me insane, I was walking around Midtown every day and felt like I was this close to ripping my clothes off or freaking out at a stranger."

Fortunately, the gorgeous Grant Singer-directed video for the Melodrama album closer is her chance to escape as she dances around what appears to be a deserted tropical island. Or, as she describes it, "a drink, a drumbeat, a paradise, a prison.. a far-off island of the mind... let's go to PERFECT PLACES."

Watch the music video above and watch our rundown of Lorde's remarkable career from talent shows to pop stardom below.