Had been hearing her name passed around in the blogger/critic circles, but unfortunately more often than not my listening habits border on lazy, and I don’t actively seek out the newest/hottest buzz bands like I used to. Fortunately, I’ve gotten SiriusXM radio in my new (old) car, and listening to the excellent indie-rock station SiriusXMU introduced me to Lana Del Rey.
I don’t know quite how to describe her. She combines the darkness of Tori Amos with the soul/blues of Erykah Badu, and an undefinable sexiness while still being very frank with her sexuality in her lyrics (see her live performance of the yet-to-be released “Born 2 Die”).
Her only release so far is a double A side 7″, with the tracks “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”. They’re both amazing, complex while still leaving you humming the tunes, but it’s “Blue Jeans” that really gets me. It has this pop “thump” to it, that makes your body move without it being a dance tune, or a rock tune, or barely a pop tune. On top of this, the video for this track takes a musique concrete approach to its construction, using found video and audio, making an already amazing tune EVEN BETTER.