By Loren Hillier
To say that the Queen of haunting, powerful tunes is back is an understatement. Lana Del Rey is back with a bang, my friends. She just dropped her first release from her upcoming album Lust for Life on her YouTube channel, on the 18th of February.
The simply titled ‘Love’ explores a not so simple theme that is said to carry on throughout the album. Her previous records, as she stated in a press release (via Rolling Stone), she made for herself. “But this one is for my fans, and where I hope we are all headed.”
In classic Lana style, the music behind her voice on ‘Love’ is reminiscent of a heartfelt song from the Sixties in which one would normally profess their undying love for another.
Instead, Del Rey delves into what it means to be a young person in today’s day and age. She opens with the lyrics:
“Look at you kids with your vintage music / Coming through satellites while cruising / You’re part of the past but now you’re the future / Signals crossing can get confusing / It’s enough just to make you feel crazy, crazy, crazy, sometimes.”
The passionate crescendos in the chorus paired with Del Rey’s smooth vocals were nearly enough to make me forget to pay attention to the real meaning of the song –
“You get ready, you get all dressed up / To go nowhere in particular / Back to work or the coffee shop / Doesn’t matter ‘cause it’s enough / To be young and in love,” – but as a going-on-20-year-old, it’s way too relatable to miss.
In a world wrought with conflict, pressure and constant stress, a love story is often something we yearn for to get us through. Not necessarily with a lover— perhaps with a friend or a passion. But romantic ideals are barely acknowledged, in the big scheme of things, as important. Our era of modern romance seems to consist of fuckboys (see incredibly detailed, emotional definitions here— give one and two a read!) and lovers initials disappearing and reappearing in Instagram biographies.
This song rejects that, explaining that your seemingly pointless routine of getting all done up for no particular reason isn’t unimportant if you’re— well, if you’re happy. That love is important, and to use it as an escape from the real world every now and then isn’t a terrible thing. That as the future generation, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and confused with what’s going on in the world, but to know that as long as you know you have love somewhere, you’ll be okay.
All right, someone please explain how she doesn’t make it sound as cliché as I just did.
Ah, she’s a professional songwriter? Got it.
So, Del Rey sings of a love story we all dream about and urges us to chase that dream. A commenter on the audio video (username: Kacem Bengraa) said it pretty well.
“Lana’s music make you nostalgic about that love story that you never really had.”
Never had yet, Kacem! Never had yet!
Okay Lana, we really hope you’re not instilling a false hope in us, because we’re about to say it…
TRUE ROMANCE EXISTS! SOMEWHERE!
Keep talkin’, teens!
(And you, too.)
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