Lana Del Rey has just released a new music video and it has all of the hallmarks of any of her other visuals. In the clip for “White Mustang,” a standout from her recently released Lust for Life album, Del Rey borders on self-parody. There is lost love, specifically with a tattooed, long-haired man, vintage iconography, scenes from Los Angeles, and a palatial home in the hills. The four-and-a-half minute clip begins with a long zoom-in to a futuristic estate where Lana wistfully looks out onto her city while standing above her love interest, Icelandic musician Eðvarð Egilsson, and singing lines like “Everybody said you’re a killer, but I/ Couldn’t stop the way I was feeling the day/ Your record dropped.”
Like in most Lana Del Rey videos (see: “Born to Die,” “Ultraviolence,” “Summertime Sadness”), her relationship is not long for this world. After the pair share a slow dance beneath downtown L.A. set to mariachi music, Del Rey drives away alone in you-can-guess what kind of car. The whole video plays out like a dream with the kind of ethereal cinematography the artist has made her signature.
As far as the other Lust For Life videos she’s released goes, “White Mustang” may be the most in line with her previous offerings, aesthetically. Her last video for the title track featured the Weeknd as her love interest with the pair surreally dancing on top of the Hollywood sign. Meanwhile, the first video she released from the album for “Love” was all over the place, from Del Rey performing in front of an audience like she was on The Ed Sullivan Show to random shots of couples in love and shots from outer space.
Hollywood continues to work as a trope for Del Rey though, as she explained in a recent interview to NME. “This Hollywood-centric environment is still an important thing that gives me life, being in town and the characters and the constant heatwave,” she said. “It’s a little bit of a cliché—I totally get it; but I still feel like it enhances something in me that’s already cooking.”
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