Lorde Has Opened Up About Her Rare Brain Disorder

Lorde is back on the airwaves in a big way - yay! - and, as is the way, is back on the interview trail.

But a recent interview with the New York Times has revealed that the 20-year-old suffers from a rare neurological disorder known as synesthesia, which can cause a person's sense to "blend" and connect.

While the condition, which affects 1 in 2,000 people, can manifest in any combination, Lorde herself has sound-to-colour synesthesia, which means she can see colours as she hears sounds.

Basically, it makes creating a song into an actual, visual process - something Lorde says she relies on to make her music.

"From the moment I start something, I can see the finished song, even if it's far-off and foggy," she said. "It's about getting the actual thing to sound like what I've been seeing."

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It can be tricky to navigate; Lorde went on to explain to her interviewer that the colours she sees can steer the direction she takes with a song, and can even make her want to avoid certain tunes.

She said: "If a song's colours are too oppressive or ugly, sometimes I won't want to work on it - when we first started Tennis Court, we just had that pad playing chords and it was the worst textured tan colour, like really dated, and it made me feel sick, and then we figured out that pre-chorus and I started the lyric and the song changed to all these incredible greens overnight!"

Interestingly, Lorde's not the only musician with synesthesia; Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Kanye West and Pharrell make music around their condition, while Beyonce is rumoured to be an undiagnosed synesthete.

While it's still not quite understood how synesthesia works, it's a pretty remarkable neurological phenomenon - and if Lorde keeps churning out such banging tunes, it's obviously a gift to the rest of us!

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