Who is Lana Del Rey?
A Pop Superstar in the Making?
If you haven't seen this woman or heard her music yet, you might want to check her out, her name is Lana Del Rey and she's about to burst onto the international music scene in a big way.
Born Lizzy Grant in Lake Placid, NY, Lana was raised in Los Angeles. Her work has a strong California influence, musically, it's all swelling Hollywood strings and melodramatic faux-vintage pastiche. Ms Del Rey's image owes a debt of gratitude both to the movie Heathers and the old Hollywood glamour aesthetic of the 1940s. She cites artists like Nancy Sinatra, Leonard Cohen and Nirvana as influences. I don't hear much of those artists in her music, interestingly, Lana says that you don't really hear those influences in her music, more in her aesthetic.
Photo: AndrÃ© de Saint-Paul
Meet Lana Del Rey
This interview really tells a lot of Lana's story and reveals a lot about her as an artist as a person. Worth a watch!
Video Games - The Song that Started it All
Here's Lana's video for her breakout single "Video Games". This is the video that started it all. Lana actually made this video herself out of a mix of archival and new footage.
Born To Die - the Video
buy the song "Born To Die"
Be warned - this song will get stuck in your head!
Buy "Born To Die" - the new album
At the end of the day, the hype doesn't matter, it's about the music: Lana's 12 track LP was released on 01/31/2011. You can pick up a physical copy here, but if that's not your style I've got digital versions too!
I really enjoyed this album. It's a solid, beautifully crafted piece of pop music - I likened it to Vanilla soft serve - It's sweet, nothing new or particularly shocking but I enjoy it and it's consistent. Check it out for yourself - my favorite song is "Carmen".
So now you've seen a few videos and heard the music - what do you think? Is Lana the "real deal" or is she all hype?
"Carmen" Live Debut
Here's Lana doing "Carmen" live for the first time at the Jazz Cafe in London. What do you think?
Lana Del Rey - Blue Velvet
Lana's been working with H&M this season and just put out this short promo film featuring a languid, tripped out cover of "Blue Velvet", originally made famous by Bobby Vinton. This piece is totally Lana.