April 23, 2012 12:16pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
Lana Del Rey's 'Carmen' Video: Sex, Drugs and Vintage Rock n' Roll (Video)
Lana Del Rey is back with another visually arresting music video, this one for her new single "Carmen," about a 17-year-old party girl. ("Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf," the singer coos in one verse.)
Released over the weekend, the video builds on a style introduced with her breakout hit, "Video Games," melding found-footage clips with sexually suggestive shots of Del Rey, some digitally manipulated to have that vintage, early-1960s appeal. Among the images in the video are blooming roses, athletically gifted pole dancers, as well as clips from a scientific video that explores the chemical effects of crystal methamphetamine.
Del Rey designates the video as a "BIO PIC" in the video's YouTube description, but it's up to the viewer to decide how much or how little is an authentic glimpse into the life of the singer, who has been widely criticized for relying too heavily on artifice.
Despite a bumpy start with a widely mocked performance on Saturday Night Live, followed by the debut of Kristen Wiig's Del Rey impression, the pop siren still manages to captivate the music world. She impressed with a recent rendition of "Video Games" on American Idol, while a cover of Kasabian's "Goodbye Kiss" performed on BBC Radio earned high praise from the British band, and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame has contributed a track to a collection of remixes of her single "Born to Die."