"Art Deco" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels that is featured on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon, which was officially released worldwide on September 18, 2015.
Composition and critical reception Edit
"Art Deco" is a ballad performed at a tempo of approximately 99 beats per minute and runs at 4 minutes and 55 seconds. The song features a "lazy trap beat" and trip-hop synths. Harley Brown of Spin Magazine described Del Rey's voice on the track as "the most inviting it’s ever been even as it floats to loftier, more dismissive registers above foggy film noir saxophone curls". Nick Levine of Time Out Magazine noted a "dash of jazz" on the song.
Background and writing Edit
Media platforms began speculating that the song was written about American rapper Azealia Banks, Del Rey dismissed the rumors in an interview with NME magazine and stated that it was definitely not true. She continued by saying "I have no idea where people got that from. I just don’t know what the correlation is". In reality, the song was written about a group of teenagers that go out every night, according to Del Rey herself.
Del Rey has never performed the song in full. She sang an a cappella snippet of it on November 20, 2016 at Corona Capital in Mexico City, Mexico by audience request. The song's first verse and chorus was performed a cappella again on February 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas during the LA to the Moon Tour.
- The "downtown scene" is also mentioned in "Salvatore", "So Legit" and "Dum Dum".
- A crazy person and a party are mentioned in "Cruel World".
- The "why?" lyric found throughout the chorus has been sampled from "Born to Die" and is again reused in "Cherry".
- Del Rey calls someone "ghetto" in "Ghetto Baby".
- In "Art Deco", Del Rey paints a picture of a "young thing on the downtown scene" who likes to "stay out late", party and act "crazy all the time". She painted a similar picture in her first album, "Born to Die", through the songs "Carmen" and "This Is What Makes Us Girls". The lyrics "a little party never hurt no one, that's why it's alright" are similar from the lyrics in "Carmen" that go "lying to herself cause her liquor's top shelf", they are both about deluding yourself that you're okay when you aren't.
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 4:55
- Instrumental version — 4:58
- Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
- Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, pads, mellotron, bass
- Kieron Menzies – production, engineering, recording, mixing, drums, percussion, synth
- Patrick Warren – orchestrations, strings, piano, synth
- Trevor Yasuda – engineering, additional recording
- Chris Garcia – engineering, additional recording
- Adam Ayan – mastering
- Leon Michels – saxophone, Juno pad
- Derek "DJA" Allen – percussion
- ↑ SPIN - "Review - Lana Del Rey, 'Honeymoon'"
- ↑ Time Out - "Lana Del Rey's 'Honeymoon' album review"
- ↑ NME - "A Letter From Lana Del Rey"