Aside from Adele, there's no one more invested in retro revivalism than Lana Del Rey. Although her beats are laced with heat from modern hip-hop producers like Jeff Bhasker, her vocals and stylings are all from yesteryear. A voice like Nancy Sinatra and outfits from American Bandstand best describe Lana's '60s-flavored image so far.
Her latest video for "National Anthem," carries on her love of things both past and present as she teams up with A$AP Rocky and director Anthony Mandler for an Instagram, interracial, hipster retelling of the life and death of John F. Kennedy's love life and his assassination.
Check out Lana's new video below
Honestly, it's a beautifully stylized and gripping video. Though A$AP never really believably comes off as the "president," the politically charged messages that challenge what we consider to be American speak volumes. And Lana playing Marilyn and Jackie Onassis also touches on the old faithful virgin/whore dichotomy.
The way you interpret this video says more about you, the viewer, than it does about Lana or A$AP, and that sort of role reversal in art is tricky to pull off. Round of applause for all parties involved.