Lana Del Rey Abandons Old Glory In Protest

Lana Del Rey Abandons Old Glory In Protest

Lana Del Rey Abandons Old Glory In Protest

Lana decried the visuals she used to lean upon in a candid interview with Pitchfork.

Lana decried the visuals she used to lean upon in a candid interview with Pitchfork.

Text: E.R. Pulgar

Lana Del Rey's alignment with American symbolism is officially at half-mast. The indie pop chanteuse, whose fifth major release Lust for Life is set for release tomorrow, mentioned in an intimate conversation with VMAN contributor Alex Frank that performing in front of Old Glory "would feel weird to [her] now" because of the current administration.

In the sprawling feature, Lana discusses the political slant of her new record at length, and the atmosphere that surrounded its recording. "All the guys in the studio -- we didn't know we were going to start walking in every day and talking about what was going on. We hadn't ever done that before, but everyday during the election, you'd wake up and some new horrible thing was happening. Korea, with missiles suddenly being pointed at the western coast," she said.

She points to an as of now unofficially released song called "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing," and charged single "Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind" as contemplations of being an American artist in a time of great turmoil. "I was posing a real question to myself: Could this be the end of an era? The fall of Rome?"

Lana does still favor American imagery; take the vintage pickup truck that her sister Chuck Grant featured so prominently on the cover of the new record. That said, she won't be leaning on the flag itself anytime soon. "I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos," she said. "I'm not going to have the American flag waving while I'm singing 'Born to Die.' It's not going to happen. I'd rather have static."

Read the full profile, appropriately titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" here.

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