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EDITORS’ NOTES

When Lana Del Rey released her breakthrough single, 2011's “Video Games”—a hazy, pastel-noir paean to misspent youth—she introduced the world to her signature aesthetic. Part throwback romantic, part femme fatale, Del Rey sweeps across the stylized iconography of Americana—faded blue jeans, beach tokes, Pepsi-Cola, fast bikes, greaser boys—with a cinematic lens, rendering the scene in murmured lyrics and swelling strings. By the time she released the spectral ballads on 2015's Honeymoon, the smoky-voiced singer was firmly established as the bard of the Tumblr generation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Lana Del Rey released her breakthrough single, 2011's “Video Games”—a hazy, pastel-noir paean to misspent youth—she introduced the world to her signature aesthetic. Part throwback romantic, part femme fatale, Del Rey sweeps across the stylized iconography of Americana—faded blue jeans, beach tokes, Pepsi-Cola, fast bikes, greaser boys—with a cinematic lens, rendering the scene in murmured lyrics and swelling strings. By the time she released the spectral ballads on 2015's Honeymoon, the smoky-voiced singer was firmly established as the bard of the Tumblr generation.

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