Reports that Lana Del Rey had hit the recording studio with both Emile Haynie (who co-produced much of the singer’s 2012 album Born to Die) and Benny Blanco (best known for his work with Kesha and Katy Perry) suggested she might be putting a modern twist on the throwback sound that made her famous. The first taste of those sessions, though, sounds like more of the same, with Del Rey winsomely crooning about cool kids who are “young and in love” set to a minimalist but heady symphonic arrangement that’s reliably, even comfortingly formulaic. “I get ready, I get all dressed up/To go nowhere in particular,” she sings on “Love,” as if describing an entire generation as well as her creative method.
Like the song itself, the single’s dreamy music video, directed by Rich Lee, benefits from repeat visits. The clip follows a series of teens—including one dressed up like Rose McGowan from Gregg Araki’s 1995 film Doom Generation—driving around a sun-kissed Los Angeles in vintage cars they probably can’t afford. They end up at a planetarium, where they’re transported into outer space, floating in their cars past the moon and sun before finally bathing in celestial waters and taking in a solar eclipse.
Watch “Love” below:
Del Rey’s new album, the follow-up to 2015’s Honeymoon, is due out later this year on Interscope Records.