Lana Del Rey is feeling prolific these days. On the heels of releasing the Paradise EP, Del Rey has now covered Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2," a slow, mellifluous track that you would imagine playing as Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe checked in (though the song is actually about a brief dalliance Cohen had with Janis Joplin). Del Rey's rendition is largely loyal to the original sound--but of course she puts her own brand of sultriness and subtle angst on it.
Opening with a simple guitar arrangement, Del Rey paints a portrait of Cohen's recollection of the Chelsea Hotel as she lulls, "Giving me head on the unmade bed while the limousines wait in the street." The video is something of a departure from Del Rey's norm--which is to say the only major image of Americana is a pack of Marlboros. Otherwise, Del Rey is staid, yet laidback in an all black ensemble and feather earrings. The flickering sign of the Chelsea Hotel sets the tone for the vintage feel of the entire video. It is a look and sound that Leonard Cohen will hopefully find flattering to the original. See for yourself below.
For Behind the Hype's review of the Paradise EP, go here.