By Lee Cahill
Lana Del Rey (formerly known as Lizzy Grant, though you wouldn’t recognize her with that new face) has sucked me in with her timeless voice and retro style. Though her song “Video Games” may be a bit too sluggish to be a mainstream “hit”, it showcases the emotional drama in her voice. Like a great actor becoming a character, she deliberately uses dynamics and pronunciation to draw out the emotions of each phrase.
The video for “Video Games”, however, shows an emotionless Lana singing along with her huge voice with almost a blank stare, which might be the most intriguing and mysterious part about the whole thing – I can’t quite figure her out. But I want to.
She has labeled her music as “Hollywood Sadcore” and “Gangster Nancy Sinatra” which accurately captures the cinematic production and the ironic, sadness to her lyrics. “Is it wrong, wrong that I think it’s kinda fun when I hit you in the back of the head with a gun?” lyrics from “Kinda Outta Luck”.
I hear Del Rey recently signed to a major label and is currently working on her debut album, which can’t come soon enough. Till then I’ll be watching a loop of the below video for “Video Games.” And I’ll go check her out live on Sept 9th at The Box (189 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002)!
(Well folks, the video for “Video Games” is back up! But it looks like it got a little work done as well. You can still view the original video HERE)