What to make of Lana? She’s been toast of the town for over a year now, with her unique(?) brand of miserablism and deadpan vocals gracing many iPods of the trendy (not that I know any of them). But I’ve really struggled to get on board the Lana train.
Her hit singles “Video Games” and “Born to die” were pretty good, that spooky old-fashioned vocal really fits some tracks perfectly, and it was a great launchpad for her career. I had her down as a bit of a humourless robot until she won a Brit award and revealed herself to be human after all, and even quite sweet.
I admit I haven’t given “Born to Die” (the album) much of a spin, apart from when I was trying to get to sleep on a long-haul flight (it didn’t work). But she’s one of those artist’s I’d really like to like, and I may well persevere. I think it’s just the prospect of a whole album of those laconic vocals that I’m not too excited about.
But she’s made a reappearance on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” with this song that is weaved into many scenes. It’s not like Lana’s particularly spreading her wings into a new direction, but like her big singles this is a song tailor-made to her particular style of vocals. The subtle accompaniment really makes it something beautiful though, the lone piano chords, the gradual fading-in of a string section, it’s simple but polished.
She’s still pretty much doing what I expect all her music to sound like, but she knows how to put the emotion into it. Worrying that her love is temporary, there’s a strong chorus in there full of tenderness and emotion. The subject matter I felt didn’t QUITE match up to the story it was soundtracking, but it did at least resonate with that kernel of doubt most of the characters had about the security of their relationships with the other characters.
The implication of the song (at least to me) is that she doesn’t think her love will last, and she’s almost mourning it before it’s even over. A bit of a downer, but Lana seems to be all about that, as well as dancing forlornly in unusual places, if Tumblr is anything to go by.