For my money, Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” is one of the best songs of the year, and I say this as someone who’s not historically a fan of Lana Del Rey and totally ambivalent about the music made by the song’s producer, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. This is just a haunting, hypnotic piece of music that sends chills up and down my entire skeleton, especially when the tempo shifts downward on the chorus. Anyway, the new song has a new video, a black-and-white clip of LDR narcotically flitting around some Pacific Ocean shorefront (interspersed occasionally with some color shots of LDR on fire). I don’t think it enhances the song’s power in any particular way, but it’s (wisely) understated enough not to detract from the music. Watch.
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