Lana Del Rey’s new video for “Carmen” has “BIO PIC” in the description section of YouTube, but most of it appears to be footage taken from other peoples’ lives.
The video, which was released over the weekend, is a montage of found footage, featuring everyone from a stripper on a pole to a baby running into its mother’s arms. Del Rey — who appears to have credited the many filmmakers behind the clips on the YouTube page — barely appears in the video, popping up for a scant few scenes and filmed through a warm and grainy filter.
“Carmen” is the new single off “Born to Die,” Del Rey’s first major label release. The album received mix reviews but debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
After Kasabian covered her single “Video Games,” Del Rey recently returned the favor by covering the indie rock band’s song “Goodbye Kiss.”
John Mayer also got into the Lana cover game, releasing an acoustic version of “Video Games.” Del Rey’s music has also been a favorite for remixers. Odd Future’s The Internet took a pass at “Video Games” and electro-hop producers Gucci Vump reinvented “Born to Die,” but they’re hardly the only artists to co-opt Del Rey’s buzz.
Spliced into the footage of the video are schematics of methamphetamine and audio blurbs that ask how meth can change your brain. The visuals, when paired with lines like, “She’s only 17, but she walks the streets so mean,” make for a discomforting 5 minutes and 16 seconds.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.