Lana Del Rey releases the music video for “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” from her upcoming seventh album which shares the same name.
On September 1st, she teased that she was making the visuals.
She’s dripping in 60s glamor with all vintage everything. It appears that the Instagram post she shared on December 22 has a connection as the whole story changes around the 3-minute mark. Lana and company are…werewolves?
Lana has stirred up a bit of controversy when she shared her album cover.
“There’s always turmoil and upheaval and in the midst of it- there’s always beautiful music too introducing my new album chemtrails over the country club”, she captioned the IG post.
She further elaborated on the artwork after what seemed like a preemptive response to criticism about the diversity of the people included in it.
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac to promote the album’s title track, the singer reiterated most of what she said on Instagram with regards to the album art. She also denied that she had been acting preemptively. All in all, after describing her friends, claiming she dates rappers, talking about current events at the US Capitol, and more, the damage was done and the singer found herself in a world of criticism.
Here is an excerpt of the interview:
Del Rey: “Before I even put the album cover up, I knew what people were gonna say. So when they actually started saying things, I responded and I just said, ‘I’ve got a lot of issues, but inclusivity just ain’t one of them.’ It just isn’t. You can’t just make it my problem. My friends, my family, my whatever… They’re not all one way and we’re not the ones storming the Capitol. [laughs] We voted for Biden. My girlfriends come from all over the world, they have children from all different types of people. And I’m mentioning all this, like, to people who are listening because people really wanted even more people of color on my album cover. Which you know is, to a point, a photo just sometimes is what it is.”
Mac: “So you are saying people pressured you to put more people of color so that it could look, what, representative, that type of thing? Or totalistic?”
Del Rey: “That was the issue that was coming up. But I said that actually half the people in this photo are people of color. […] I thought about it for the better half of that day and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to be discouraged because this is what happens often with this, like… I actually am representing a certain thing, but people will say that I’m not.’ It’s kind of like being in opposite world.”
Mac: “Those women are your friends. Am I right? Those are all people that are dear to you?”
Del Rey: “Oh yeah, they are my longest-term, nicest friends. I also felt uncomfortable having them somewhat brought into the controversy, but I spoke to them as well and they were like, ‘We don’t care. You should not care about everything you’re doing… Your friends are from all over the place and you’ve never represented yourself in any other way.’ I think back to all my songs and videos and starting with more of a hip-hop sound… I mean, I just don’t feel like that’s my issue. I feel like there have been certain things that people have touched on that have made me be like, ‘OK, maybe I have to look at that,’ but this is not one of them. I wasn’t being preemptive, I was definitely responding, but […] I just feel like if that’s really what people are gonna say, I have an answer for them, which is that if you look closer, you will see people of color. It’s a black-and-white image, so zoom in, you know? It’s just weird.”
Chemtrails Over the Country Club follows Del Rey’s 2019 album Norman F*cking Rockwell! The album is set for its release on March 19.
Steam the song and check the credits below.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club Credits
|Chemtrails Over The Country Club|
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
|12-String Acoustic Guitar||Jack Antonoff|
|Associated Performer||Daniel Heath|
Lana Del Rey
|Asst. Recording Engineer||John Rooney|
|Mastering Engineer||Chris Gehringer|
|Studio Personnel||Chris Gehringer|
|Vocals||Lana Del Rey|