Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lana Del Rey makes Lana Del Rey video

In many ways, Lana Del Rey's West Coast is the perfect comeback: Familiar enough to be recognisable, with a few compelling tweaks to keep things interesting.

Like the rest of her second album, Ultraviolence, it was recorded with a live band while Lana sang into a handheld mic in the room next door (out of necessity, not because she forbids anyone to look directly at her, although I could believe that, too). And the song has really grown on me over the last couple of weeks - the tricky tempo changes and keyboard blips* slowly revealing a surprisingly adhesive melody.

The video, premiered today, is none more Lana. It's black and white - naturally - with lingering shots of open-top cars, scrawny men from the wrong side of the tracks (male models with temporary tattoos) and Lana taking long, languorous drags on a cigarette.

Watch, as they say, below.

Lana Del Rey - West Coast

* Which have been lifted wholesale from All Saints' Pure Shores, right?

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