Cohen meets Lana

Three days ago Lana Del Rey posted a new video on her YouTube channel, and simply tweeted “new video.” No cigarette ban in this simplistic video, nor in Lana’s life. The song is a cover of of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel No. 2, a song which appeared on Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. It reflects a fling with Janis Joplin in the famous New York joint The Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea. The Manhattan hotel has always attracted numerous actors, musicians, writers and other artists, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Cohen.
As there has been no further press release, it’s not clear whether the song is a one-off remake or if it announces a new full length album. Del Rey now residing in the UK has been busy writing new material in Santa Monica, working with the same producers that worked on Born to Die. The singer told BBC Radio 1 the new tracks are “a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark, and lyrically more spiritual.” The record has come quite together already but needs finishing up. Summer would be a good time, don’t you agree. For now, here’s the new video.


Lana’s latest: Ride

Lana Del Rey’s debut Born To Die will be re-released November 12th in the UK (the day after in US). Entitled The Paradise Edition, the album will come with completely new art work. The new pack will include seven brand new tracks including the singer’s cover of Blue Velvet, the song she recorded as part of her new ad campaign for H&M.
Lana’s latest single Ride was released September 24th. The music video lasts no less than 10:10 minutes. You might think Meat Loaf has lengthy video clips, topping all, clocking in at nearly forty minutes in length, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts is King of the clips.
Director Anthony Mandler already worked with Rihanna, The Killers, and Beyoncé. He also directed Del Rey’s video for National Anthem, in which her character portrayed a Jackie O vs Marilyn persona. In Ride Lana hits the highway with a bunch of bikers and spills a narrative on the details of her life.

Lana Del Rey in Blue Jeans

If you recall the superb Herb Ritts video for Mariah Carey’s My All, shot in Puerto Rico, you should take a look at Lana Del Rey’s latest offering. Similar sphere is created by Yoann Lemoine, who also directed the video for Del Rey’s previous single Born to Die. Again, Bradley Soileau is Del Rey’s love bird. He undresses to enter the pool with Del Rey watching him longingly through a window. Later the two meet in the middle and engage in passionate underwater scenes, with alligators swimming around. In the final shots Lana seems prepared to die once more, reminiscent of the previous vid. Nice one.

Revelation: The Black Box

The Black Box Revelation have their 4th album out, My Perception, and are about to embark on a world tour. Before leaving their home country, they stopped by Studio Brussels Radio on Friday to play a cover of Lana Del Rey’s latest Born To Die. Their energetic guitar-driven sound works well over the lyrics. That’s what a good cover should be: your own. At the other side of the weekend, the clip on YouTube already has over 8000 views. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.