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House Playlist: Lana Del Rey, Björk, Best Coast, & Cymbals Eat Guitars

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House Playlist: Lana Del Rey, Björk, Best Coast, & Cymbals Eat Guitars
House Playlist: Lana Del Rey, Björk, Best Coast, & Cymbals Eat Guitars

Lana Del Rey, “Video Games.” If only Lizzy Grant were actually born Lana Del Rey, her self-proclaimed “gangster Nancy Sinatra” shtick and choice of genre (she calls it “Hollywood pop” and sings of “living for the fame”) would seem even more preordained. Someone has to take the retro baton left in the wake of Amy Winehouse’s so-expected-it-was-unexpected death, and “Video Games” proves Grant has the chops to give Adele a run for her money. A minimal arrangement of harp, cinematic strings, and a soft military-style shuffle, the sultry torch song finds the NYC singer-songwriter toeing the line between smitten and over it, but the way she sings “It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you, everything I do” leaves absolutely no doubt that she’s sincere when she offers to drop everything and play his silly video games. Sal Cinquemani

Single Review: Björk, “Crystalline”

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Single Review: Björk, “Crystalline”
Single Review: Björk, “Crystalline”

Björk’s been promoting her forthcoming Biophilia app/album/thing with the kind of dodgy auteur shenanigans that may not translate directly into hype (which, thanks to Twitter, is now more or less objectively quantifiable), but which do have the minimal advantage of preempting any kind of parody. Her website’s been rejiggered into a trippy, interactive mobile, her upcoming concerts will apparently feature, among other Seussian contraptions, a “30-foot pendulum that harnesses the planet’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns,” and in recent interviews she’s been throwing the word “app” around in a fashion equally suggestive of futurism and senility. Fine by me. Björk’s most esoteric album to date, 2004’s Medúlla, is also among her best, and so my policy is to indulge Mrs. Matthew Barney in all pretensions so long as the music works.