Today, Lana Del Rey released her latest album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club. While it’s not our favorite from her (sorry), fans are loving it, and the album does have its highlights. One such standout is the opening track, “White Dress.” Commemorating the album’s release, fans can now enjoy the nostalgic music video for “White Dress.”
“White Dress” is a mellow and nostalgic contemplation on Lana’s life before fame, back when she was just a waitress listening to 2000s rock bands. Although the song sounds rather predictable at first, it’s saved by Lana’s surprising vocal delivery on the chorus. The way she whisper-hisses the highest notes is at once unnerving and mesmerizing. Its shrillness captures raw tension, prioritizing emotional connection and authenticity over technical perfection.
Lana and Jack Antonoff wrote this song earlier in the process, and in a 2020 interview, Lana called it the album’s “defining moment.” She described it further:
What I like about that song is that for all of its weirdness, when you get to the end of it, you understand exactly what it’s about. I hate when I hear a song that has a great melody, but I have no idea what they’re talking about. In the grunge movement, a lot of the lyrics were super abstract, but the melodies and the tonality were such a vibe that you felt like you knew exactly what the singer was thinking. Nowadays, you get a beautiful melody but you don’t really know what the person is talking about, or if it’s even important to them.
Like so many of Lana’s music videos, the clip for “White Dress” feels like a home movie of simple times and fond memories. Throughout the video, a woman (acting as young Lana?) roller blades down a nearly empty highway, seemingly in her own carefree world. It’s like a dance, exuding joy and liberty. Overlaying that, we also see Lana singing in modern times, wearing a mask as her friends gather around a bench to eat. It’s a lovely video that expertly captures a nostalgic sentiment.
Watch the evocative music video for “White Dress” below:
“White Dress” appears on Lana’s new album, just released today. You can stream or buy Chemtrails Over The Country Club from all the major music providers here. In addition to “White Dress,” it also features the singles “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” and “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” as well as anticipated songs like “Tulsa Jesus Freak,” “Yosemite,” and her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free.”
Upcoming Covers Album & More Music
In November 2020, Lana told fans she would release a new covers album by Christmas. It would include American standards and classics. Lana decided to share this digital album because Chemtrails Over The Country Club had been delayed to 2021. However, the holidays came and went and we still have not gotten any such covers album. We only got Lana’s cover of “Summertime The Gershwin Version” in November; it may appear on her covers album, if and when it arrives.
Beyond her own music, Lana appeared on an updated version of Matt Maeson’s single “Hallucinogenics” last fall.
Lana also has a film scoring project coming up, which will gift fans even more music. She’s composing for the upcoming film adaptation of Lewis Carroll novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
Last July, Lana released the audiobook version of her first poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass. The physical and ebook versions were published on September 29th, with the audiobook on CD and vinyl out October 2nd. You can purchase Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass from the major audiobook providers here. Alternately, you can also get the spoken poems on CD, vinyl, or picture disc from Lana’s official site. You can also order the hardcover book or ebook from the major book retailers now. Both the hardcover and ebook feature more than 30 poems – over double what was included in the audiobook format.
Lana is set to release her second poetry book, titled Behind The Iron Gates – Insights From An Institution, soon.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Enjoy Lana’s new music video for “White Dress” and the full Chemtrails Over The Country Club album. You can read our review of it here, and look back on what went into making it here. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.