After the silence that followed the release of her 2010 debut EP, Kill, Kill
, on Five Points Records, Lizzy Grant ditched her image, pulled the EP, and adopted the name Lana Del Rey
. Now she's launched her carefully cultivated new image as a "gangster Nancy Sinatra," with a sexy retro look and eclectic sound. Her lyrics proclaim she "was raised on hip-hop" and she's "the kinda girl you dream of." In short, we're told that if you love David Lynch, black-and-white movies of the 1950's, and "epic, knocked-down, dragged-out love stories in song," then you'll fall in love with this Brooklyn based siren.
The music video for her hot new single, "Video Games" has garnered a lot of enthusiasm—a little too much excitement for some, who wonder if she's just another YouTube sensation with extra pouty lips. Regardless, "Video Games" is easy to love, with angelic swoops of harp, low organ and suggestive lyrics such as, "I heard that you like the bad girls, honey/Is that true?" The beautiful video, which was compiled by Lana Del Rey herself, includes footage of a stumbling and intoxicate Paz de la Huerta to shine light on a less glamorous side of the Hollywood dream.
The song is all set to be released on a double A-side single, Video Games/Blue Jeans
, through Stranger Records on October 16th; the full album release is tentatively set for early next year. From what we've heard so far, she's at her best in these songs, where she channels a sultry, heartsick lounge singer with a hip-hop twist (although, it must be said, her hip-hop flair is more Gwen Stefani than "gangsta"). With her confessional, storytelling style of lyrics, these singles deliver on the promise of heart wrenching love stories with a smoldering-yet-vulnerable vocal delivery.
On a song off her previously released EP (as Lizzy Grant), Lana Del Rey issued a scorching invitation, "Let me put on a show for you, Daddy." The community has answered with a resounding, "Yes, please!" After quickly selling out both venues for her debut shows in New York City and Los Angeles, she had to postpone both briefly in favor of booking larger venues (the Bowery Ballroom and The Troubadour) and adding a slew of dates to accommodate the demand. What better problem could a burgeoning singer have?
We're not sure what to expect from her just yet, but one thing is certain: This is one manufactured beauty worth keeping an eye on.
Lana Del Rey Tour Schedule:
11/04 Manchester, England Ruby Lounge
11/05 Glasgow, Scotland Oran Mor
11/07 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
11/10 Amsterdam, Holland Upstairs at Paradiso
11/12 Cologne, Germany Gebauede 9
11/14 Berlin, Germany Roter Salon
11/16 London, England Scala
11/17 Birmingham, England HMV Institute
11/30 Toronto, Ontario Mod Club
12/05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
12/07 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour