I’m not sorry for writing about Lana Del Rey….again!

17 10 2011

It seems a girl can’t post a video of herself singing without some fuckwit laying into her. It’s like, it’s cool to hate someone for no reason. Why? Why would you exhaust yourself in such a way? Why would you write such cruel, vile words about a person you do not know? What drives a person to do it? Probably the fact that they’re a twit or something.

Lana Del Rey has divided pathetic hipster blogs and credible (if any are left) publications. You have one side that see she is talented. Then you have the other side that just unleash so much hate. It’s extremely pathetic. They keep going on and on about her appearence and her mouth. Look, the only thing you should be concerned with in regard to her mouth is what comes out of it.

This week Video Games was released. Personally, I’m still obsessed with Blue Jeans and Yayo. I love the vulnerability in Lana’s music and voice. Her voice makes you tremble and just melt. Honestly, when I listen to her music I can’t focus. It’s like I shut down and I’m in awe of what I’m hearing. I know I’ve written a lot about her, but that’s because I’m one of the few who have NOTHING bad to say about her, and I believe everyone deserves a chance, y’know? Is she a gimmick? I don’t know nor do I care. To me, she’s evidently someone with so much talent and we’re just seeing the start of it. She’s going to be huge. You can ignore now, but she’s going to be huge. I don’t want to hear Adele bang on about her ex-boyfriend. It means nothing to me, it’s boring. We’ve now been blessed with Lana Del Rey. She’s got this presence that just draws you in; and you know what? I don’t think she realises just how talented she is. I hope she does, because she is truly wonderful.

It’s been a long time since a singer has had this hold over me. I cannot describe. Her music is like being in love. You feel it in your soul and nothing in the world can compare to it. I read an article recently where Lana said that the negative press does get to her and made her question why she put the videos up of her singing. This is just fucking WRONG. It shouldn’t be like this, but some people can only function if they are hating on someone else. I guess it’s because they are bored and feel the need to try shock others by being hurtful. Thing is, they’re not shocking anyone. They just come across as a massive wanker. Of course everyone is allowed their own opinion; but if you’re going to be negative do it about the music not what she looks like. It just proves that you’re an immature fuck who cannot form sentences when you focus on appearence rather than the sound.

There’s a lot of heart and soul in Lana’s music; that’s lacking in a lot of music right now. You may hate it, you may love it. Either way you cannot deny that she can bloody well sing. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

She’s the second most beautiful person my eyes have ever seen. Who’s the first? I can’t possibly tell you, that’s a secret.





Lana Del Rey (part….I’m not even sorry.)

1 10 2011

Yes I love her and no I don’t car if it’s all an act. Truth is, she has an amazing voice. The kind that makes your whole body turn to jelly and your senses to just fail. It grips you and pins you against a wall. She sings as if she is singing to you and you alone. That every word is just for you, that you are the one that she painfully love. The kind of love that more than likely doesn’t exist in the real world; the kind only singers tell us about because we are too afraid to feel it for ourselves.

Before we knew her as Lana Del Rey, she was known as Lizzy Grant And The Phenomena. She didn’t sound so much of a 50s classy lass with a gun in her pocket then, but the seductive voice was just as strong.

It’s the perfect song to sit under a tree, embracing the shade on an insanely hot day. Her voice has this tone to it that just holds your heart. You don’t want her to let it go, ever. Song such as Disco just make you lose your mind.

Who gives a fuck if the Lana Del Rey thing is a gimmick- she has pure talent. Unlike all the others who use a gimmick to sell records. Her voice moves you; it’s just you and her. It is so powerful in a gentle way. It’s so passionate but with no fury.

As Lana Del Rey, well I think it’s obvious how I feel about her music. The last time I was this moved by a female singer’s voice was Florence Welch in 2007.

 





Lana Del Rey….AGAIN.

27 09 2011

I’ve seen a lot of websites and blogs bang on about how Lana Del Rey is just a gimmick and has no talent. Shall we assume that those saying these things are just hipsters that think listening to really obscure music makes them so different and better than us all? Probably safer if we do.

I really cannot bring myself to care about any other female solo artist right now apart from Lana Del Rey. She has this thing about her that just draws you in. Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, you are drawn in and you become so attracted to her. Her voice makes you weak at the knees and you feel you’d do anything she told you to do. She has such power over you. You know when you’re really into someone, and all you see is them. All you want to hear and see is them; that’s EXACTLY what Lana Del Rey does to you. She has the grip over you, and you fucking beg with all you have that she doesn’t let you go.

You know what? I don’t care if it’s an act, if it is just a gimmick. I love her. I love her an unhealthy amount and I really don’t care. No female singer has EVER has this affect on me. I feel far too much towards her music. It’s insane, no singer should do this to you. She is so striking. You get lost in her huge eyes and powerful voice. You look at her and think, “You’d probably shoot me but I don’t care.” She has this danger vibe about her. She’s said she’s like Nancy Sinatra but gangster. It’s so true. I wouldn’t care if she backed me into a wall and beat me black and blue. So long as she was singing Blue Jeans or Video Games at me whilst she did it.

This is more than a music based crush. This is something to give your heart over to. This is something to give everything else up in order to believe in. I’ve honestly never felt this way about a singer before. I cannot but it into words. It’s mental, well and truly mental. I’ve never heard a voice like this before, and I never will. I don’t care if everyone rips her because of her “botox lips.” Fuck your shallow vibes. Have you heard what comes out of those lips? It is HEAVEN. It is a voice that breaks your heart into pieces. It is a voice that makes you want to fall in love with someone your shouldn’t and just ride off into the sunser; just leaving everything and everyone behind. There is so much pain,longing, aching, soul and passion in her voice.

I honestly would slap someone if they couldn’t see how truly remarkable her voice is. She’s like an enigma, she has something about her that makes you want to get close. But at the same time, stay away from her. She’s a no and a yes. She’s everything you want to have. She’s someone who would probably love you even if you were an awful human being because she’d probably see the good in you. Anyone who doesn’t seek for that in another is lying. When you listen to Blue Jeans, you want to find someone who’s good for you; but be bad for them. Because you want that uncoditional love that one rarely experiences. I never have, and I never will. But this song makes you want it. This song makes you want so much that the heart cannot handle. She makes you to go on the run with someone. Lay on a hotel bed with them, watching some awful Western film and every so often; you reasurre them that you won’t get caught. That you’ll protect them. She’s got such an overwhelming talent. If she doesn’t move you, then you are made of stone. You’re also missing out.

It’s nearly 3am and I’ve just come home from a night out. I will still feel the same tomorrow with a sober mind and heavy heart.





2011- Songs.

15 09 2011

I know I’m doing this too early in the year, but if I do it now- maybe I won’t change my mind. I know I’ll change my mind as soon as I publish this. I’ll hear a song and think, “SHITTING HELL. THAT NEEDS TO GO ON MY LIST!” Hopefully I will gain some self control and not do that. I’m not doing this in any order, however the last song I mention is my song of the year. It’s pretty obvious what song it is. I’ve got a cool story to accompany it too, it’s just given it so much more meaning to me and I love it more than I did before.

Let’s begin :

Dirty Beaches- Lord Knows Best.– When I first heard this, I honestly didn’t think it was something from this year. I just thought it was an old old song being re-released. I was stupidly wrong. Lord Knows Best is taken from Alex’s album Badlands which was released in March this year, it’s such a beautiful album. What I love about this song is how old it feels, the sample on a loop and Alex’s vocals. His voice sounds so desperate, which is what drew me in straight away. I love anything that sounds dark, angry, frustrated and painful. This doesn’t mean I’m some morbid wanker, far from it. I’m just someone who is always drawn to the dark side of things- it just means more to me than hearing something cheerful. However, this is lyrically, not a dark song. It’s about loving one person and nothing/no one else matters. Just this one person. I guess you could call it a love song. Whatever it is, it’s one of the best things I’ve heard this year.

Wye Oak-Civilian.– You know when you hear a song, and you give all your attention to the lyrics? That’s what happened when I first heard Civilian by Wye Oak. The album is just stunning. This song means so much, “I am nothing without pretend. I know my faults, can’t live with them.” It just screams out fragility. The whole song does. It’s almost as if, you can use this song to admit to all your faults- you’re human, and it is how you feel. I adore the build up in the song. Their musicianship is so strong and so inspiring, it’s just so stunning. It’s one of the songs that make me wish I could write something as powerful as this. As far as duos in music go, Wye Oak are one of my favourites.

Widowspeak-Wicked Game.– I know it’s a cover, but it’s so good. I love how haunting they have made it, but at the same time still has the same feel as the original. I usually hate it when a song I love is covered, but this is just stunning from start to finish. The way, “This world is only gonna break your heart” is sung is damn hypnotising. The song makes you feel like you are in some kind of trance. It’s just perfect. If you’ve never listened to them before, start with this cover.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart- Heart In Your Heartbreak.– I know this came out late last year, however the track is taken from their second album which came out in March this year. So, I’m going with that. Their album came out at a time that I wish to never go through again. This song was my crutch for 2 months. I used to listen to it to stop myself from feeling like shit and realising…well, I don’t want to make it too personal. Basically, when you think you can’t get over having your heart broken- you actually can. And when you do, you becoming strong and nothing can touch you no more because you have felt so shit, you’ve experienced rock bottom and you will do anything to never feel that way away. I cannot pick out a lyric that I love, because I just adore it all. This song was around when I didn’t know what to do with myself or what to do with how I was feeling.

Novella-The Things You Do.– When you listen to Novella, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking you were listening to a band from LA. They have that gorgeous lo-fi/sufer pop feel to their music. They formed in Brighton and are now based in London. If you love Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast, you are truly going to fall in love with Novella. I hope next year beings them great success because they really do deserve it. This song causes your head to spin and your body to float. It’s so beautiful.

Zola Jesus-Vessel.– I am going to struggle putting this into words because the music Nika creates owns a large part of my heart. Her music is so enthralling and haunting. Everything about her music just makes my soul shake and my head swim. I am constantly in awe of her talent. She’s only 21 years old, she’s so bloody gifted. Hopefully I’m seeing her in November. I’m oretty sure it’s going to be like some kind of religious experience. I have every confidence that her album Conatus is going to be one of the best albums of the year. Her voice is so distinctive and powerful. I love the dark feel in her music. I love how her music can make everything better. I took a walk today and just played her music. It was like I was drifting off into another world. A dreamland. I honestly cannot praise Nika’s talents enough. I really don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like her music. She’s a massive credit to the music industry, I just hope they realise that instead of obsessing over pop stars that contribute nothing.

The Horrors- I Can See Through You.– I could pick any song of theirs, but I Can See Through You is my favourite off Skying lyrically. The album is beautiful, but more on that when I write about my favourite albums of 2011. Faris’ vocals on this song are so strong. The band sound as perfect as ever. So captivating and hypnotising. I know a lot of people are getting into The Horrors based on Still Life. What pisses me off is that they dismissed them during the Strange House era. That album will always be one of my favourites. The raw, brutal sound to it is amazing. The garage rock vibe it has is stunning. However, those that are only just getting into The Horrors have missed out on many years- their loss.

The Kills-The Last Goodbye.– It was close to impossible to pick which song by The Kills I wanted to include. I toyed with the idea of putting Satellite in because I love the reggae electro feel it has. Then I wanted Baby Says because I love it like someone would probably love their child. Then it was Nail In My Coffin. I went through the whole album, until I chose The Last Goodbye. Why did I choose The Last Goodbye? Well, it has the best and my favourite lyric from a song I’ve heard this year. This line describes me better than I could. This line owns my heart. This line makes me feel okay with being a sensitive bugger. The line is of course, “How can I rely on my heart if I break it, with my own two hands.” I read an article about the album before it was released, and they spoke about this song and mentioned the lyrics. When I read that line, I was instantly blown away by the honesty and vulnerabilty in the lyrics. Then I listened to the song. I cried. It was like finding the piece of you that you had missing for so long. I have no idea what will happen when I see this live. I’ll probably want to get on stage and hug Alison. When she sings this, you can see she puts all she has into it. It is so heartbreaking and so perfect. You can take what you want from this song, that’s what I love about The Kills- you can create your own meaning to their songs. If I could thank them personally for this song, I bloody well would.

Florence And The Machine-What The Water Gave Me.– I guess anyone else would pick Shake It Out, but I like to be difficult don’t I. I’m choosing What The Water Gave Me because I love the darkness around it. Shake It Out is beautiful, and it feels like Flo is taking you to Church. The lyrics are haunting and gorgeous. Much like What The Water Gave Me. I love how the song builds and builds, when she sings “Let the only sound be the overflow. Pockets full of stones” it sounds and feels so enchanting and euphoric. All her songs are euphoric. Her music makes you feel free and weightless. That’s why I love her. I cannot express it in a way that you will understand, but that’s as close as I can get right now. Pretty sure Ceremonials will be the best album of the year. October 31st cannot come quick enough.

It’s honestly no surprise what I’ve picked as my favourite song of the year is it? I said it in February and pretty much every other day since. You ready?!

SUMMER CAMP-I WANT YOU. – This is the only song that I have heard this year to have such a grip over me. It’s done something to my brain. I have to listen to it every single day. If I don’t, I get the shakes (I don’t really….) Elizabeth and Jeremy have created the best song of the year EASILY. I know I love Flo and The Kills but this is honestly the greatest thing I have heard this year. No other song has had this hold over me. The lyrics, oh jesus, the lyrics. So true! It states exactly being in love is like- cruel, intense, dark and grand. Being love can turn you into a dickhead sometimes can’t it. However, if you listen to I Want You, you can see it isn’t always the case. Some have said it’s the stalker anthem of 2011. I don’t think it is. I think it’s quite simply, intensely liking/loving and wanting someone; and you just want them to feel the same. You believe you can make them feel the same. The synths, the guitar and the drums…oh lord. When it drops and kicks in it is like a glorious kick in the face. I’ve only been in love for real once. It’s more than enough isn’t it? If I was to ever feel that way again, I’d use this song to clarify how I felt. I’d play it and think “Does this person make me feel like this?” And if the answer was yes, it’d be love. If the answer was no, then I’d go back to my books and records to save myself disappointment. If any of you listened to BBC 6Music yesterday morning, on Lauren Laverne’s show. They played Better Off Without You and I Want You. I tweeted them saying it was amazing, and Elizabeth replied with, “I was thinking of you when we played I Want You. Not in a weird way.” HOW AMAZING IS THAT? Seriously, so fucking cool. It made my year, no doubt. I’ve decided, if I ever decided to inflict my presence upon a girl and start a relationship, when we split up- I’m going to play Better Off Without You to drag me through it. Oh, I’ve not heard Summer Camp’s album yet but I can tell you it’s the best album of the year. It’s right up there. Trust me. Now, get your ears around my favourite song of the year. If it doesn’t cause your bones to move, heart to skip several beats, your head to spin and your soul to feel reignited- then I think you have no braincells left. Cheers Summer Camp, for making the best song of the year!

I do feel bad for leaving out some songs that I fell in love with this year, so have a few more :

Blood Orange-Sutphin Boulevard.

Marina And The Diamonds-Fear And Loathing.

The History Of Apple Pie-You’re So Cool.

The Weeknd-House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls.

Lana Del Rey-Blue Jeans.

Seapony-Where We Go.

Best Coast-How They Want Me To Be.

Wavves & Best Coast-Nodding Off.

Morrissey-Action Is My Middle Name.

Youth Lagoon-Montana.

I got carried away….I’m not sorry though.

 

 

 





Lana Del Rey.

9 09 2011

When an artist describes them as “Nancy Sinatra with a gun” you’d probably be quick to think, “Whatever dickhead, dream on.” Most of the time I guess you’d be right in thinking that. However this time, it’s pretty damn accurate.

When you expose yourself to one song by Lizzy Grant aka Lana Del Rey, you cannot stop at just one. You have to listen to every single song you can possibly find. Her music will scare you, you will firmly believe that she carries a gun around with her and is some kind of gangster. You know how Alison Mosshart uses that gun in the video to Treat Me Like Your Mother? You pretty much get the same vibe from Lana Del Rey- except she’d do it in a Jazz club or behind closed doors- not in the middle of nowhere. Nobody should make being a gangster attractive, but Lana Del Rey does. She isn’t really one, but I’m going to make believe that she is. For now. Until I get bored and just enjoy her music rather than this mystic creature I’m making her out to be.

This kind of music is much needed, especialy when the charts are riddled with awful manufactured shite. I do not need to name names. At the moment it’s just all thoughtless and entirely shallow. There is depth to Lana Del Rey’s music, Diet Mtn Dew for instance, she questions her lover if they will be in love forever even though she knows the person is bad for her. I guess this proves the theory that a lot of girls want someone who is a bit of a wanker and is bad for them. I don’t have it in me to be that way, which is why well, you know- the good ones end up with nothing. It’s alright- I’ve got books and records. One day that will impress a girl. Probably when I’m about 50 and I’ll HAVE to settle. Brilliant….

The only person who has ever mastered mixing Jazz with Hip Hop is of course, Amy Winehouse. Lana Del Rey is NOT the new Amy Winehouse. She cannot be replaced at all. Ever. Just no. Not going to happen. Lana Del Rey does combine the two, but in a different way to Amy Winehouse. With Amy, you could feel her pain and despair. You wanted to reach out and help her. With Lana, she makes you feel you’re part of the Mob in New York City or Chicago running and hiding for your life. There’s an element of danger to her songs and such sincerity to her voice. At times, you wonder how a 24 year old can make this kind of music. How many crime novels has she read?! She has a truly wonderful voice, well what else can be expected from a former Jazz singer.

When you listen to her music, you do not think you are in 2011. You think you are in 1950s at a Jazz club watching this enigma perform on stage. Her music creates this presence that part of you wants to get close to, but the other part of you fears it. A lot of singers create personas for reasons unknown and really, it just makes them out to be self-absorbed and all they have going for them is a gimmick and no talent (again, I don’t need to name names.) But with Lana Del Rey, you believe she is living out all she is singing. Except, she probably isn’t. But just let yourself believe she is, it;s better if you do. If you don’t- the gangster version of Nancy Sinatra will probably come get you! I presume you’d probably enjoy that.

I honestly cannot praise her talents enough. Her voice is powerful but not in a “I’m going to hit every note and it will sound like I am in agony” kind of way. It does something to you- it is utterly criminal, but in a good way. Trust me, if you listen to her music you will know what I mean. She is so beautiful, to the point where when you watch her videos you’re notpaying attention to what she is saying because she isso captivating. Your eyes will pop out of head, you will be covered in goose-bumps- you will be utterly hypnotised.

After listening to her music you will hate the real world. You will hate your world and wish to be part of Lana Del Rey’s. Just don’t start acting like a Mobster, it won’t start or end well.