Valued as a fake product in its early days, Lana Del Rey has established herself as an essential pop author, very productive, with two gems in three years, Norman put Rockwell! and the recent Chemtrails over the country club. Between the two, the American even offered the luxury of a collection of poems — more difficult to access — set to music, Violet leaning back on the grass.
Chemtrails over the country club, released in March on Polydor / Universal, spreads the magic of Norman, fucked Rockwell! (2019). Two albums co-produced with Jack Antonoff, sound architect who magnifies the melancholy of the singer-songwriter. In her latest work, Lana Del Rey catches the listener from the start with a white dress, sung in a beautifully crumbled crystal voice, and the track titled Chemtrails over the country club that ends with a breath of hypnotic drums .
The artist, who also covers Joni Mitchell (for free) in conclusion, was as rare in the interview as he was prolific: he promises one more record for 2021. A media retreat that is explained by the cruel reception at the time of the his success Born to die (2012), amid mockery about the use of cosmetic surgery or the starlet label made by the studios. “The way it started for me, the way they portrayed me, was that it made me feel sensitive and emotional. I really didn’t like it, “the singer told Mojo, the British music magazine, the only one she interviewed for the publication of Chemtrails at the country club.” The case of Lana Del Rey is very revealing of the “As we treat women in music as soon as they claim to have a minimum of culture. Because she’s very well dressed and plays with a pin-up image, she was expected to just browse Variety. and author of Girls rock.
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, whose real name she is, is not the first to suffer the macho rage of a rock criticism section. “Rolling Stone had mapped out all the men (famous musicians) that Joni Mitchell had dated at the beginning of his career,” Sophie Rosemont recalls. Joni Mitchell, the gifted Laurel Canyon (Los Angeles district), had even been nicknamed “Queen of The Lay,” a sexist pun that reproduced the English sounds of “Queen of Los Angeles” and “Queen of bedtime.” .
Lana Del Rey was also put on a flamethrower by Kim Gordon, iconic former Sonic Youth bassist. “Girls like Lana Del Rey ignore what feminism is and think it means (…) sleeping with disgusting, disgusting men,” she wrote in her autobiography Girl in a Band. Even if, in this case, Sophie Rosemont nuances, “Kim Gordon, and that’s why we love her, is very bad for everyone, one of the few who says no one can go wrong on the show. -Biz.”
But since Norman fucked Rockwell! , the review is unanimous and laudatory for Lana Del Rey (35 years old). “She explores more of American territory, all this jokingly, from patriarchy to single sex, she wonders,” Sophie Rosemont deciphers. And Lana Del Rey always knows how to surround herself too: in her early days, she had asked Woodkid for her clips, which now benefit from the leg of the BRTHR duo. Joni Mitchell is also not the only one of his elders to pay tribute to, as Lana Del Rey often presents herself as a “Nancy Sinatra gangster.”
Valued as a fake product in its early days, Lana Del Rey has established herself as an essential pop author, very productive, with two gems in three years, Norman put Rockwell! and the recent Chemtrails over the country club. Between the two of them, the American even offered herself the luxury of a poem collection – more difficult to access – with music, Violet leaned back on …