This “refix”, from Cardiff’s Owls, doesn’t stray too far away from the original, yet creates a whole new solemn atmosphere courtesy of dragged out vocals. Drenched in echo and often running parallel to pitch shifted vocals, it serves as an ode to abandonment and an urge for change. Gorgeous.
♪ File under: electronic, refix, universe dance
I like her. And I like what she is doing.
Clams Casino chops Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die in pieces, as if she’s singing the song while slowly dying, in particular during the final minute. Woodkid gives it a baroq’esque vibe that fits the song surprisingly well with these perfect-timed drums (kind of balearic in a way), creating an image in my head where Del Rey reigns her kingdom on her throne and sends out her army to battle her haters, which fits the video he directed for the song.
Tom Ewing makes a very important point. Theatricality and reinvention are crucial parts of music and the arts — demanding “authenticity” is reactionary and mostly poisonous to creativity.
Look, I don’t really like the idea of another white body being worshiped in pop culture but everything about this whole Lana ordeal screams of misogyny. I mean, there’s a million privileged white boys making music but I don’t see their histories being dragged out and ridiculed in this fashion. As a culture, we’re really into destroying the souls of young women, aren’t we? Lauryn Hill and Britney Spears may seem like they are totally unrelated individuals but both have experienced similar media scrutiny aka being called “crazy”. I don’t know what else to say. Seems like we hype them up just to tear ‘em down. It’s fucking heartbreaking.
I don’t know. Not to be the myopic “sexism doesn’t exist” troll, but I think this is the typical indie bullshit of needing to earn your stripes. Artists are still expected to “pay their dues.” Lana released two singles and now she’s on SNL twirling in circles and awkwardly waving her arm? How many actual albums did other independent artists have to put out before being on the SNL stage?
Also, the same factors that fueled Lana’s backlash are what’s propelling her to stardom. People make fun of her because she’s nothing but pouty lips with a privileged background. Her supporters adore her because she’s nothing but pouty lips and vintage clothes. Would she have gotten a major label deal without her father’s money?
More talented artists without her looks continue to be ignored. I just can’t get behind her.
I think you are missing my point. I am not behind her but it feels totally harsh to have someone hyped like that and watch as people take pleasure in tearing her down — by the same people perhaps.
There are plenty of male artists with privileged backgrounds. A lot of the time you kind of have to have some sort of cushion in order to make art. I think of Interpol, a group of guys who met at a private school in Europe. How does THAT not become ammunition for their detractors? All I’m saying is that it’s way easy for people to target a single woman who is conventionally attractive. We live in the age of the internet. People earning cred is kind of irrelevant these days when you get Bieber and the Weeknd gaining fandom without having ever played a show, etc. I’m talking about places like Jezebel writing a piece called Lana Del Rey Single-Handedly Ruins SNL, Music for Everybody. I’m just saying that no wonder there is so much discrepancy in terms of who makes music out there, anyone but a white dude with guitar kind of becomes a target for details that are irrelevant to music.
Repeater = Songs that go on repeat. At least for a little while.
The repeater this time?
Joe Says by The Sandwitches
These gals are out of San Francisco and used to sing with The Fresh & Onlys. Not a new song but one that has stuck with me for a while. Great voices, great lyrics.
I’ve got no one beside me.
I’ve got nothing inside of me.
Week one of 2012 has begun. Can you believe it? Well, believe it!
In honour of this week and the next 51 that follow, I will be posting some tunes in the form of mixtapes. Surely the internet needs more mixtapes, right?!?
The mixtapes will include new and old stuff, perhaps themed, perhaps not. Mainly it is a chance for me to share things I love. With you.
Hopefully you can throw these bad boys on when you’re looking for a new mix. Hope you enjoy!
A short instrumental passage, eg a prelude or refrain, especially in a vocal work.
Etymology: 17c: Italian, meaning ‘a little return’, from ritorno to return.