19th Mar2012

Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” video is a work of art

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
Photo: Lana Del Rey (Facebook)

If you thought that poor reviews of her SNL performance will slow Lana Del Rey down, then you are wrong. With “Blue Jeans”, the rising pop star further solidifies her status as the blogosphere’s fave new pop star. I think that the video will also help Del Rey’s ascent to superstardom.

The Yoann Lemoine-directed clip features black and white cinematography, with Lana appearing stoic but also very alluring. Del Rey is seen watching (stalking?) a skinny dude who happens to be swimming at night. The video takes its time in telling the story, usually slowing down the pace to show Del Rey canoodling with her boy toy in the swimming pool.

The best part of the video is the beginning. I love how Lana’s face slowly appears as the music starts to play. This additional instrumentals in the first few seconds make the song even more mysterious and cinematic, a perfect way to set the mood.

The video features the heavily-tattooed Bradley Soileau, who also stars in Del Rey’s “Born To Die” video.

The video for “Blue Jeans” manages to be symbolic, dark, and sexy all at the same time.The simple concept behind it works and is executed well. “Blue Jeans” is the best video released so far this year.