Kill Kill is the first extended play (EP) by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. It was released on October 21, 2008 in the United States through 5 Points Records under Del Rey's then stage name Lizzy Grant. The three songs on the EP, would later be included on the 2010 album, Lana Del Ray. "Yayo" would later be re-recorded and released a third time, on the "Paradise Edition" of Del Rey's 2012 album Born to Die. "Kill Kill" was the EP's only single. A music video accompanied the track and was published in 2008.
Background and composition:
The title track, "Kill Kill", was originally titled, "The Ocean", however the title changed after a record producer dismissed the name as "boring". In frustration, Lana crossed out "The Ocean" above the lyrics, and wrote "Kill Kill" in place of a title.
"Yes, when I recorded with Davey (David Kahne), we recorded 13 songs. So I was never expecting to release an EP, but when iTunes came to us, and became fervent supporters and said, "put out anything and we'll give you the artist's spotlight." We decided, okay, we'll just put out an EP, which was released on October 21."
In an interview, Del Rey called the EP's genre, "Hawaiian glam metal." Artists that influenced the EP's sound include Elvis, Poison, and Van Halen.Songwriter David Nichtern revealed to MTV that Kill Kill was a way for Del Rey and her team to generate some buzz before releasing a fully produced studio album. He also called the title track, "a very good song."
Index Magazine called Kill Kill "lush and cinematic, with strings, Wurlitzers, and electric guitars." In the three tracks, Del Rey's voice was called "gravely" and inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Felicia C. Sullivan, a journalist for The Huffington Post, wrote that Del Rey's vocals were haunting and soulful on Kill Kill. Commenting on the genre, Sullivan said it was "decidedly anti-genre", containing elements of electronica and blues rock. Lyrically, Kill Kill was called dark, poetic, and elegant. Of the videos shot for Kill Kill, Sullivan said they were "quirky, odd, magical", stating that Del Rey must be "infatuated with Americana." Sullivan said it was safe to say that the tracks of Kill Kill tell the story of a "precocious, but strong-willed woman on display." Del Rey endorsed the critique, adding that she:
"...didn't feel trapped in a trailer park. I felt trapped before I got to the trailer park because I had nowhere to live. When I got my trailer, everyone there had the same taste as I did. We all liked giant, lush, fake flower gardens and liked to decorate the walls with streamers even if it wasn't our birthday. I couldn't have been happier there. Before that, I did dream of escaping. I always just figured it was gonna be a man who would take me away. I don't know if I deserve a good man, but I think about it sometimes."
Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter noted that the three-track EP sonically departs from the tone and sound of her sophomoric album, Born to Die, which gained the chantuese significant mainstream attention. Kill Kill, in Halperin's words, contained a jazzier and happier sound than Born to Die.
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