“Baby put on heart-shaped sunglasses cause we’re gonna take a ride”
Man, it is so refreshing when we stumble across artists like Lizzy Grant, aka, Lana del Rey. This talented new artist has a fully realized aesthetic vision of what she and her music should sound like. She is a self-described “gangsta Nancy Sinatra”, who wants her music to be “the sonic equivalent of a Vincent Gallo film”. I mean, really, what could we possibly add when she says it so well herself?
First off, you wouldn’t expect such a low and husky voice to come out of her tiny self, but probably it shouldn’t be quite so unexpected considering she used to be a jazz singer. Her song “Diet Mnt Dew” is hip-hop-infected pop song, and just as we’re ready to pigeonhole her music as playful young pop, she surprises us with deep and sorrowful pieces, that display great maturity. Don’t be fooled, this 24 year-old New Yorker has some stories to tell.
She has a bit of a dark side, just to add some bitter to the sweet. On “Kinda Outta Luck” she cheekily sings: “is it wrong wrong that I think it’s kinda fun when I hit you in the back of the head with a gun”. However, when she’s not hinting at violence/murder, she sings of young love and troubled times with the kind of ease that can only come with experience. On the song “Video Game”, she sings: “It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you, everything I do. I tell you all the time, Heaven is a place on Earth with you”. Her music has a tinge of retro and 50’s glam; certainly her penchant for film noir has influenced her work in a big way. Her songs have a strong cinematic quality, which combined with her smoky and sultry vocals, makes for a great and unique listening experience.
No news yet on the release of an album, but we will sure watch out for this one.
“Kinda Outta Luck”:
“Diet Mnt Dew”: