Honeymoon Is Lana Del Rey At Her Best, And Most Chilling
Truth be told, I’ve never been the biggest Lana Del Rey fan. Sure I was as obsessed with her origin story as the most rabid fan girl and had a remix of “Video Games” that I was absolutely devoted to, but there was always something about Lana’s carefully crafted artifice that left me feeling cold. Now, listening to her new single “Honeymoon”, I wonder if that wasn’t part of her plan all along.
Lana Del Rey has always been an aesthetics-based artist. From the minor chords that fill her songs to the words that come out of her mouth in interviews, every aspect of her being is dedicated to maintaining the image of Del Rey as a beautiful tragedy. While it’s easy to call her boring or static, the truth is that everybody, whether they admit it or not, knows exactly who Lana Del Rey is as an artist. It’s impossible to undervalue the power in that.
Take, for instance, the blogosphere’s reaction to “Honeymoon”, Del Rey’s new single off her yet-to-be released album of the same name. From the big websites to the smallest tumblr accounts, everybody used a thesaurus-worth of synonyms to describe what they heard: eerie, other-worldy, ghostly, slow, ravishing, stretched-out, wistful, orchestral, lush, and my personal favorite, made out of clouds. And you know what? Everybody couldn’t have been more right.
“Honeymoon” perfectly encapsulates Lana’s age-old vibe, elevating the song to new theatrical heights. Where Del Rey has always struck me as cold before, in “Honeymoon” she chills me. Her detachment is more active, and her storytelling has never been more vivid. Or maybe that’s just the music video talking. Why is Lana Del Rey just chilling on a highway median divide? What happens when the Super-8 footage cuts out? Does Lana’s beau, the Mr. Born To Lose, finally have his violent past catch up to him? Were the roses left between her thighs symbolic of her untimely demise?
But then again, I already know that it’s not important that my questions be answered, just that I found myself asking them. The world that Lana Del Rey creates with her music may be fake, but the stakes have never seemed so real to me before.