It’s that time of year again, when we’re supposed to say goodbye to old habits and welcome the new and exciting things that lie ahead. 2017 was not bad at all, which secretly makes me even more hopeful for the year to come. And I say ‘secretly’ because who really dares to dream in times like these?
Still, 2017 was interesting and busy, with some equally amusing accompanying tunes. As always, here’s a (very subjective) list of my favourite songs of the year, the ones that kept me company throughout the highs and the lows. Continue reading “Looking back on 2017… in music clips!”
Lana Del Rey has promised to spread positivity and hope through her new album, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. Following the release of the record’s debut single, Love, Del Rey released Lust For Life about a month ago; now, the song has a brand new clip!
I love how happy and optimistic about life in general this track makes me feel, even though Lana’s characteristic melancholy is still present in the music and the lyrics… Of course, The Weeknd’s amazing vocals next to Lana’s mesmerising voice make Lust For Life even more appealing.
Set on top of the Hollywood sign again, the clip feels oddly real, yet dreamy and ethereal, just like Lana herself. Overall, I think we’ve all missed this happier version of her, the one that was nowhere to be found in her Ultraviolence and Honeymoon records. Besides, this sweet glimmer of hope is all we need in chaotic times like these.
Lana Del Rey recently teased her upcoming album, Lust For Life, through a ‘witchy’ trailer. Standing inside the ‘H’ of the Hollywood sign, the singer announced the record in the strangest way possible.
Now, Del Rey is sitting on top of that H letter in the visual for her new single. The title track from Lust For Life features The Weeknd and it’s no surprise that both musicians’ vocals blend perfectly together.
Soothing, nostalgic and melancholic just like all Del Rey tracks, Lust For Life has a much less pessimistic vibe than her previous hits, revealing the singer’s deeper appreciation for life. I mean, apart from the ‘only the good die young’ part…
Lana Del Rey sure knows how to announce a comeback. The singer will be releasing her new record, Lust For Life, soon, so she decided to introduce it in a rather peculiar way.
In a two-minute trailer she created for the album, we see her as an ethereal presence standing in a room that’s situated right inside the ‘H’ of the Hollywood – or is it ‘Hollyweird’? – sign. And the weirdness is just getting started.
Later on, Lana contemplates the “tumultuous” times we live in, saying, “Even though these times can feel a little crazy, they’re not so very different from what other generations have experienced at one time or another before.” (True, but still kind of weird.)
And with that, she reassures us there’s no other place she’d rather be, since music and this world are her “lust for life”. Well… okay then. Let’s see what she’ll “cook up for the kids”.
Almost two years after the release of her Honeymoon album, Lana Del Rey is back with a new track off her forthcoming record. Love reminds us why we loved her in the first place and there’s a reason for that.
The atmospheric song, which oozes nostalgia and hope, echoes the glory of hits like Young and Beautiful, steering clear of the darkness that most evidently surrounded her Ultraviolence album and making us dream again. Even though I’m normally very fond of her moodier stuff, this one comes as a delightful surprise.
It seems Lana is putting fans at the centre of her work this time. In a press release, the singer revealed, “I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.”
Well, even if she did make her first four albums for herself, the fans appeared to have really loved them. And now, there might be something even better coming along.
It’s been awhile since we last saw Lana Del Rey sing one of her melodious tracks, the ones that transport us to a different time and place, where even decadence can sound glamorous. But in view of this holiday season, the singer has given us a little music treat.
Embracing the Christmas spirit, Del Rey posted a clip of herself singing Santa Baby on Instagram. Some very special little ones seem to have specifically asked for this tune, as the caption of the post reads “As per the request of the 11 yr olds”.
No matter who requested it, Lana’s velvet voice definitely matches the tone of this Christmas classic, adding to its allure. Plus, the clip is fun and you can also see her sister, Caroline Grant, joining in.
Having said hello to a new year a few hours ago, I realised that I haven’t properly said goodbye to the previous one. And that’s probably because I feel I owe nothing to that f***in’ bastard! Excuse my language, but it’s true; 2015 was not my friend, in so many ways.
But I figured, how are we supposed to embrace the new if we’re still troubled by the old? So I am now paying my respects to 2015, which, as awful as it may have been, at least gave us some pretty solid songs! Surprisingly, it was way better than 2014 music-wise.
And that’s all I’m carrying with me as I’m taking 2016 by the hand, hoping it will be a much more fitting companion; the music, that is. So here are some of my favourite 2015 tracks which made my days shine brighter and my nights seem calmer.
Continue reading “In with the new, out with the old – my 2015 in music clips”