Lorde’s song Dancer in the Dark is transformative when heard live

There’s what Wim Wenders said, when remembering his first experience of a performance by the great dancer Pina. He had never appreciated that artistic medium’s capacity for storytelling. Suddenly he did, maybe the movement, maybe the thematic sweep, but it swung wide and ran him through like that metaphorical crane Bon Iver’s croons of in The Wolves (Act I & II).

But add it to the live concert experience, where it takes a backseat to the music performed by an artist, or group: in that context, does it still pack the…