“Hollywood sadcore” is a new music buzz phrase floating around the music blogosphere right now, and leading the movement is Brooklyn-based Lana Del Rey with her song and video “Blue Jeans.” Basically, it’s what you get when you cross a woman who looks like a ’60s Playboy bunny (Playboy’s so it right now) with a song that sounds a little bit like Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” sung through a PJ Harvey/Lykke Li filter, but with lyrics like “You so fresh to death, sick as ca-cancer/You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip-hop.” Also, she calls herself “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” (!!!!). Keep reading.
In both the song and the video, “Blue Jeans” tells the story of Lana Del Rey falling hard for a bad boy type (get in line, girl). Images of Tupac and modern day L.A. mixed with flashes of old egas and ’50s glam Hollywood help set the stage for Lana and her Brigitte Bardot hair (and ghetto-fab jewelry) to guide us through her sad tale: “I will love you till the end of time/I would wait a milion years/Promise you’ll remember that your mine/Baby can you see through the tears.”
What we (and the rest of the internet) love about Lana Del Rey and “Blue Jeans” is that we can’t really seem to place her yet. Drawing from so many genres and influences, we could see Lana’s tunes playing anywhere from Urban Outfitters to a romcom trailer to Tyler, The Creator’s iPod. Everyone’s invited to Lana’s sadcore party.
+ Watch Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” video.