After releasing ‘Let Me Love You Like a Woman’, a simple yet charming piano ballad accompanied by a homemade music video, Lana Del Rey has recently dropped another song.
‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, the title track off her sixth major-label studio album, was first teased in September 2020.
At the time, the gangsta Nancy Sinatra shared a clip from the set of the music video, addressing her followers from the inside of a red convertible, in a typical Del Rey fashion. For many die-hard fans of the New York-born singer, the clip was a reason to look forward to the new record; she’s in a car, she looks glamorous, she’s excited.
The music video seems to be of great production, reminding us of some of the best Lana Del Rey videos: cinematic, aesthetically pleasing, telling an interesting story. It opens with an idyllic compilation of short cuts, as often seen in Del Rey’s previous work, and presents us with an upper-middle-class suburb, somewhere underneath the bright American sky. Lana, driving a vintage car, puts the radio on, and as the viewer’s attention is drawn towards the skylines, she starts singing.
At first, the song sounds very delicate and soft, with Jack Antonoff’s low key production helping her paint a stunning picture. The instrumental seems similar to what we heard on some of the cuts from Norman Fucking Rockwell!, especially on ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it’ and ‘Love Song’, as well as Del Rey’s debut hit ‘Video Games’.
As the video progresses, delighting us with more and more examples of a comfortable upper-class lifestyle, the concept of chemtrails becomes more notable. The plane skyline-like chemicals left in the sky appear to be getting closer and closer to the kids, happily playing in the pool and the extravagant rose gardens. It becomes apparent that Del Rey sings about something so hidden yet so significant in today’s society, it might cause serious trouble if not dealt with appropriately.
It is Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die and Ultraviolence music that got her the most dedicated fans. It is the Jack Antonoff-produced Norman Fucking Rockwell!, however, that made her the critics’ favourite. Let’s hope Chemtrails Over The Country Club will leave both of those groups satisfied.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club album comes out March 19th 2021.
Tom Leśniara is a second-year Media and Communication student and a freelance journalist. You can read more of his work or about him via his website.