After a long, brutal winter, it's sunny and 76 in the Midwest, but nothing feels quite as warm as Lana Del Rey's signature vocals in "West Coast."
The newest single from the 27-year-old singer doesn't stray too much from the style and sound that first propelled her to success. Simple, almost-non-existent guitar riffs run muted under her well-loved velvety cooing. Nothing about "West Coast" is groundbreaking. It's exactly as entrancing as her biggest hit, "Summertime Sadness." The song is as beautiful as her spot on the The Great Gatsby soundtrack, "Young and Beautiful." What could seem tired and overplayed from anyone else seems like a breath of fresh air from Del Rey, perhaps because we've waited so long for it... or perhaps because we'd only just begun to fall in love with her late in her sophomore album's life cycle.
Our favorite lines from "West Coast" are at the very beginning and seem to be a telltale sign of what lies ahead as the weather continues to grow warmer and Del Rey's album finds its way onto iPhones hooked up to poolside speakers.
Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin'
"If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'"
But you've got the music
You've got the music in you, don't you?
The video for "West Coast" is equally as mesmerizing as Del Rey's vocals. The video is a continuous loop of one perfect, black and white moment of Del Rey and her video boyfriend gallivanting on the beach. As the song winds down, the clip grows shorter until all that's left is a twirling and wind-tossed Del Rey. It's the perfect metaphor for all those moments you wish you could freeze or ache to relive.
Are you ready for a summer soundtrack with "West Coast" and all the other gems sure to be on Del Rey's next album, Ultraviolence? Us, too.
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