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Lana Del Rey finally unveils her masterpiece, TROPICO

Lana Del Rey finally unveils her masterpiece, TROPICO
December 8, 2013 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

Lana Del Rey TROPICO

I’ve been patiently waiting for Lana Del Rey to release her short film, TROPICO, ever since she started talking about it on Twitter this summer. This past week Lana finally unveiled TROPICO (directed by Anthony Mandler who directed her “Ride” music video), and it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece, totally worth the overly long wait. It marks the last chapter of her flawless Born To Die campaign and highlights three songs, “Body Electric,” “Gods & Monsters” and “Bel Air,” which were all featured on the Paradise Edition (iTunes) of her stunning debut album. Lana stars in it alongside albino model Shaun Ross—it’s full of symbolism and cultural references (Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Jesus all make appearances) it’s a dark and explicit tale of redemption and love, with a visually captivating edge that only our self-proclaimed ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra‘ could bring us.

During a screening at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome this past week (which I would have loved to been at but I had other plans), Lana announced Ultraviolence, which is the title (and a possible nod to A Clockwork Orange) of her highly-anticipated upcoming second album, hopefully dropping early next year, I seriously can’t wait to get a taste of her new record. But for now, sit down and set thirty-minutes aside to witness the brilliant, haunting and absolutely mesmerizing TROPICO for yourself!

Lana Del Rey TROPICO

MK (Michael Knudsen) first started PopBytes back in September of 2003—while trying to make a website for his design portfolio, the site quickly turned into one of the premiere online destinations for all things pop culture! A native New Yorker, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his partner Ivan along with three dogs, three cats and two parrots. Follow him on Twitter @PopBytes.