Lana Del Rey has been getting heavy rotation on my playlist this summer. I don't know anything about her, having discovered her browsing through YouTube (yes, Soub, I did say "YouTube"). She has an interesting 'retro' vibe as seen in her videos for "Burning Desire" and "Young and Beautiful." When I listen to her songs, I often feel I am sitting through a performance art piece. I'm not sure why... in part because her songs are interesting narratives that seem to be plucked out of larger stories. Her vocal style is quirky ...... she sings 'torch song' husky in "Burning Desire"and swings high in "This is What Makes Us Girls." Throw in spoken lyrics, whispered or defiant, add lush orchestral productions, retro film clips, a surprising lyric (Love you more than those bitches before) or two and you've got ..... Lana Del Rey ~ a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra." (thank you, Wiki) AND she's quite easy on the eyes as well ;-)
I'm posting "Blue Jeans" because I love the images in this video. Filmed in black and white, it's a mix of James Dean, tattoos, Southern California with a '60's vibe and a somewhat scary looking crocodile tail (haven't figured that part out, yet.) When he slips two fingers into her mouth .... HOT, HOT, HOT. Thank heavens most of the video is filmed in water. I need a cold shower!!
A few of my Lana Del Rey favs:
"This is what makes us girls.We all look for heaven and we put our love first.Somethin' that we'd die for, it's a curse.Don't cry about it, don't cry about it.""I'm in his favorite sun dress
Watching me get undressed
Take that body downtown
I say, "You the bestest."
Lean in for a big kiss
Put his favorite perfume on.Go play a video game.""Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?""Every Saturday night I seem to come alive for you, baby
Santa Monica, I'm racing in the lights for you, baby
I drive fast, radio blares, have to touch myself to pretend you're there
Your hands were on my hips, your name is on my lips
Over over again, like my only prayer
(Come on, tell me boy)"
Mmmm ........ you boys are going to tell me these are girly songs. And you're right. Lana torches male / female relationships. However, Lana is not pop fluff. And I dare you not to watch.
ps. Can't wait to hear her cover of Leonard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel #2 and the song she's written for her third album, Body Electric, inspired by her love of ....... yes, Walt Whitman.