[Hot Video Alert: Double Feature] Lana Del Rey, Summertime Sadness & National Anthem
An equally haunting and beautiful video, directed by Kyle Newman and Spencer Susser, was uploaded to Lana's YouTube page on July 20th. The video chronicles the tragic love story of two beautiful women, played by Del Rey and actress Jamie King (Sin City, "Hart of Dixie"). I love how the video was shot using that same grainy, old home movie-style aesthetic that we saw in her earlier clips. This vintage style really complements the darkness and mystery that she Lana exudes in all of her songs. A digital EP was released featuring a lovely mix by Hannes Fischer, while additional remixes from Todd Terry and Marbert Rocel appear on the 12" vinyl.
Only a slight musical departure from her past singles, "National Anthem" was co-written by Lana, Justin Parker and The Nexus and produced by Emile Haynie and Jeff Bhasker. While "National Anthem" still has that same haunting quality that's present in pretty much everything she puts out, on this song, Lana Del Rey exudes considerably more hip-hop swagger than anything else she's put out in the past. It's like a whole other Lana Del Rey and I'm kind of obsessed! On the remix for "National Anthem" we have Fred Falke, Tensnake and Afterlife as well as a remix from Breton Labs available on vinyl.
"We used the Kennedy framework to kind of implement this new Camelot, this racially diverse Camelot, this maybe socially diverse Camelot...bringing it into the modern era, but still keeping that classic framework."I'm honestly floored by how beautiful this video is and by the fact that I missed it when it first came out. If anything, I think "National Anthem" showcases Lana Del Rey's exceptional skills as a creative wordsmith. She delivers potentially awkward rhymes and unconventional phrasing (standing ova-a-t-i-i-o-o-o-n-n) with such finesse. Here's hoping that the rumors are true that Del Rey's working on her sophomore album because girl needs to redeem herself here in America. Either that or America just has to forgive and forget that whole SNL fiasco.
Download "Summertime Sadness" (iTunes UK/iTunes US//iTunes DE) and "National Anthem" (iTunes UK/iTunes US) and check out both stunning videos BELOW.
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