Why "Summertime Sadness," and Not "Blurred Lines," Is The Song of the Summer
Do you feel it in the air tonight?
Summer of 2013 can more or less be summed up with three songs--Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." All three tunes are a little grim--"Blurred Lines" can be interpreted as glorifying rape, Icona Pop has no problem with trashing her car, and Lana is fine with driving 99 MPH and dying on the freeway. But hey, they're all catchy songs, so that's all that matters, right?
Lana Del Rey is a polarizing musician and it's easy to dislike her. Songs like "Video Games" sound like a second rate Joanna Newsom trying to win over the World of Warcraft contingent.
But a certain remix of "Summertime Sadness" helped change my mind about her.
A few months ago, one of my best friends asked why I hated Lana Del Rey. I shared my dislike of "Video Games" and how LDR is the embodiment of the pouty-faced H&M hipster girl. The former Miss Lizzy Grant seemed very gimmicky to me, though admittedly, I had never listened to Born to Die. Said friend proclaimed, "Lana is love!" and described her music as "fruity" before introducing me to "National Anthem."
Yes, it is a very fruity song, and it got stuck in my head for hours, but it still wasn't enough for me to consider listening to the album. "Summertime Sadness"--a remix of it, at least--was.
A few weeks ago, it seemed like I heard Cedric Gervais' remix of "Summertime Sadness" everywhere. I have no shame in admitting that house music with pop vocals is fun, but this song gave it a new twist. Lana's mopey voice can be pretty boring with slow songs, but it works surprisingly well with a fast paced beat.