On Tuesday, Disclosure dropped the video for ‘Magnets‘, a track off their recently-released album, Caracal, that features the New Zealand pop prodigy, both as vocalist and as the video’s protagonist. In it, Lorde plays a woman who has an affair with a taken man. Upon initial viewing, one might assume that the video chronicles yet another Fatal Attraction narrative, wherein a mistress takes her brutal revenge on a man determined to shake her. But we should know Lorde better than that by now. As she explains on Twitter, filming this video nourished her fantasy of annihilating the two-timing, abusive male:
one of my life goals has always been "to one day play a hitgirl who pretends to seduce then burns alive douchey boyfriends"
As the two lock eyes in the first verse — at a party with expansive, haunting views of Hollywood, presumably — Lorde sings: “Smoke and sunset, off Mulholland / He was talking, I was wondering ’bout / You and that girl, she your girlfriend? / Face from heaven, bet the world she don’t know / Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know / Walk my way, I’ll share the things that she won’t.” As the video draws to a close, the 18-year-old Lorde turns the tables on her suitor in a jarring, David Lynch-esque way.