Watch Lana Del Rey as a Cosmic Flower Child in Her New Music Video

Watch Lana Del Rey as a Cosmic Flower Child in Her New Music Video

Is the singer making a subtle political statement?

Is the singer making a subtle political statement?

Text: Jacob Seferian

All the sad boys and girls of the world primed their tear ducts when the saddest of them all, Lana Del Rey, released her new single “Love” yesterday — except this time around it appears the California siren is more hopeful than maudlin.

The accompanying music video, directed by Rich Lee, plays with the lyrical oxymoron of vintage-obsessed kids who are “part of the past, but now...the future.” Like most of Del Rey’s videos, its narrative is sprawling, disjointed, and aesthetically captivating. In the opening sequence, filmed in black and white, we see the singer dressed like a long lost Ronette, complete with flowers petals in her hair. Closeups show the singer looking engaged and smiling, a far cry from the distant, moody gaze of her “Video Games” persona on which she’s built a massive following. What unfolds is a mystic narrative of young couples in love who eventually end up orbiting away from the Earth to resettle on a different planet.

“Seen so much you could get the blues," she croons, admitting that the totality of the world can be overwhelming at times, and some believe this is her subtle way of commenting on the current political climate. But despite the intensity of the headlines, it appears Del Rey is telling millennials to keep faith, repeatedly singing, "Don't worry, baby," as the music fades and the camera pans up to the stars.

Click through the slideshow below to see Lana's cover story by Stephen Klein from V97.

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