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==Reception==
The song has received universal acclaim from music critics, who commended its "atmospheric" and "hypnotic" production, as well as its maturity. Spin's Marc Hogan commented positively on the song, calling it "atmospheric".''Cult Noise'' called the song a "vintage classic; soft around the edges, heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely composed" and awarded it a 9/10. MUUMUSE described the song as "revolutionary" and " entirely different from anything that’s being offered in pop music at the moment", awarding it 5/5. A Billboard staff writer wrote that while it was less "moody" than her previous work, "West Coast" sounds "decidedly like Del Rey – airy vocals drenched in reverb and other effects plus a chorus/breakdown that shows off her vulnerability. Writing for VH1's website, Meghan O'Keefe wrote before asking readers their thoughts on the single, "Del Rey’s newest single, “West Coast,” boasts the singer’s trademark combination of wistfully romantic lyrics and hypnotic beats, but it also signals a step forward."
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The song has received universal acclaim from music critics, who commended its "atmospheric" and "hypnotic" production, as well as its maturity. Spin's Marc Hogan commented positively on the song, calling it "atmospheric".' 'Cult Noise'' called the song a "vintage classic; soft around the edges, heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely composed" and awarded it a 9/10. MUUMUSE described the song as "revolutionary" and " entirely different from anything that’s being offered in pop music at the moment", awarding it 5/5. A Billboard staff writer wrote that while it was less "moody" than her previous work, "West Coast" sounds "decidedly like Del Rey – airy vocals drenched in reverb and other effects plus a chorus/breakdown that shows off her vulnerability. Writing for VH1's website, Meghan O'Keefe wrote before asking readers their thoughts on the single, "Del Rey’s newest single, “West Coast,” boasts the singer’s trademark combination of wistfully romantic lyrics and hypnotic beats, but it also signals a step forward."
   
 
==Official versions==
 
==Official versions==

Revision as of 17:45, June 16, 2014

WC cover
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach
Length 4:15
4:16 (Alternate single)
3:47 (Radio mix)
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Brooklyn Baby" "Sad Girl"

"West Coast" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, and produced by Dan Auerbach. Taken from Del Rey's second major-label album Ultraviolence, the song served as the album's lead single and premiered on April 14, 2014 on BBC Radio 1. On April 22, 2014, an alternate version of the song with clearer vocals replaced the original single on iTunes. The official radio edit of the song features different vocals and a slightly altered instrumental.

Background and writing

On March 23, 2014, Del Rey posted a video on Instagram featuring her lip-syncing to a muted track. The video was uploaded with the caption "Down on the West Coast they got a sayin...". Following the leak of "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight", Prefixmag encouraged their twitter followers to listen to the track, calling it a "B-side from 'Ultraviolence'". Del Rey replied to the tweet explaining "wrote that for someone else 4 years ago ...... New single is called West Coast", thereby officially announcing the title of her new single. Shortly after this she posted another picture to Instagram with the caption "West Coast".

Del Rey and Rick Nowels wrote the song together while improvising with chords in about 20 minutes, however when Del Rey had finished the song, she was unsatisfied with the outcome, complaining that the track was "too structured". The song was originally going to be scrapped from the album altogether, but after meeting with Dan Auerbach, the track was reworked, being changed structurally but leaving the chords.

Composition

"West Coast" is in F♯/G♭ minor set in common time and is notable for its tempo change in the chorus from approximately 123 beats per minute to 50. It is a surf rock song featuring heavily layered vocals, multiple guitar tracks, a focus on percussion and a prominent lead synth in the final chorus. Del Rey sings in a breathless, sultry style which is exaggerated in the chorus. The song marks a departure from Del Rey's singles from Born to Die and Paradise, as it does not draw upon the use of orchestral strings or stylistic hip-hop beats.

The radio mix is significantly shorter than the original, running at 3 minutes 47 seconds. It does not feature the slower chorus and instead has a constant BPM of 104. It features a light use of strings and slightly altered lyrics. There is no prominent lead synth towards the last chorus and the focus on the percussion is more drawn back. During the final chorus, the first half is stripped to only a distorted guitar and plucked strings for accompaniment.

Cross references

Reception

The song has received universal acclaim from music critics, who commended its "atmospheric" and "hypnotic" production, as well as its maturity. Spin's Marc Hogan commented positively on the song, calling it "atmospheric".' 'Cult Noise called the song a "vintage classic; soft around the edges, heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely composed" and awarded it a 9/10. MUUMUSE described the song as "revolutionary" and " entirely different from anything that’s being offered in pop music at the moment", awarding it 5/5. A Billboard staff writer wrote that while it was less "moody" than her previous work, "West Coast" sounds "decidedly like Del Rey – airy vocals drenched in reverb and other effects plus a chorus/breakdown that shows off her vulnerability. Writing for VH1's website, Meghan O'Keefe wrote before asking readers their thoughts on the single, "Del Rey’s newest single, “West Coast,” boasts the singer’s trademark combination of wistfully romantic lyrics and hypnotic beats, but it also signals a step forward."

Official versions

  • Original single version (4:15)
  • Alternate single mix (4:16)
  • Radio mix (3:47)

Remixes

  • Camo & Krooked Remix (3:33)
  • Dan Heath Orchestral Remix (4:11)
  • Four Tet Remix (6:11)
  • Grades Remix (4:17)
  • Solomun Remix (8:07)
  • Solomun Remix Dub (8:07)
  • Ten Ven Remix (4:31)
  • William Carl Jr Remix (4:29)

Lyrics

Original mix

Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin’,
"If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'"
But you got the music, you got the music,
In you, don't you?

Down on the West Coast, I get this feeling, like,
It all could happen, that's why I'm leaving,
You for the moment, you for the moment,
Boy blue, yeah, you.

You're falling hard, I push away,
I'm feeling hot to the touch,
You say you miss me, and I wanna say,
"I miss you so much.”
But something keeps me really quiet,
I'm alive, I'm a lush,
Your love, your love, your love.

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I'm in love, I’m in love,
I’m in love, I'm in love.

Mic check, one, two, get it girl!

Down on the West Coast, they got their icons,
The silver starlets, their queens of Saigons,
And you got the music, you got the music,
In you, don't you?

Down on the West Coast, they love their movies,
Their Golden Gods and rock 'n' roll groupies,
And you got the music, you got the music,
In you, don't you?

You push it hard, I pull away,
I'm feeling hotter than fire.
I guess that no one ever really,
Made me feel that much higher.
Te deseo, cariño,
Boy, it's you I desire,
Your love, your love, your love.

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I’m in love, I’m in love.

Radio mix

Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin’,
"If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'"
But you got the music, you've got the music,
In you, don't you?

Down on the West Coast, I get this feeling, like,
It all could happen, that's why I'm leaving,
You for the music, you for the music,
It's true, it's true.

I push it hard, you pull away,
I'm feeling hot and on fire.
I'm feelin' like there's no one else,
Who makes me higher than higher.
Te deseo, cariño, boy, it's you I desire,
Your love, your love, your love.

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I'm in love, I’m in love.
(I’m in love, I'm in love).

Down on the West Coast, they got their icons,
The silver starlets, their queens of Saigons,
But you got the music, you've got the music,
In you, don't you?

You pull me close, I push away,
I'm feelin' hot to the touch.
You say you miss me and I wanna say,
"I miss you so much."
But something keeps me really quiet,
I'm alive, I'm a lush,
Hold me close and you say,
"Hush, baby, hush."

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I can see my baby swinging,
His Parliament's on fire and his hands are up.
On the balcony and I'm singing,
Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love.
I can see my sweet boy swaying,
He's crazy y cubano como yo, la la.
On the balcony and I'm saying,
Move baby, move baby, I'm in love.

I’m in love, I’m in love.
(I'm in love).

Music video

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - West Coast

Lana Del Rey - West Coast

Released May 7, 2014
Length 4:26
Director
Producer
Filmed April, 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views

Background

On April 4, 2014, pictures surfaced of Del Rey shooting a music video in Los Angeles. She was on set with "Born to Die" and "Blue Jeans" star Bradley Soileau. On May 1, 2014, Del Rey posted a preview of the video on Instagram. On May 6, 2014, an unfinished version of the music video for "West Coast" was uploaded and taken down by Del Rey's label. The next day, the finished video was published. Jenn Pelly and Evan Minsker of Pitchfork Media remarked that at first, it "appears to function in small, romantic gestures—hanging near an ocean, smoking in the back of a car, much like a fashion ad in a magazine. And then, plot twist: It's Lana in flames."

Description

The video opens with shots of the ocean and driving in LA intercut with scenes of Del Rey and Soileau walking down a beach with friends. Del Rey starts singing as more images of LA are shown. As the chorus comes in, scenes of Del Rey and Soileau playing in the ocean fade into Del Rey in a car with tattoo artist Mark Mahoney. The shot is more glamorous and withheld, he lights her cigarette and Del Rey leans her head on his shoulder. He whispers something in her ear before the second verse where the film returns to Del Rey and Soileau on the beach in a much more casual setting. For the second chorus the scenes of Del Rey in the car with Mahoney return until a shots of Del Rey in flames appears. While in flames she wears either a red dress and or a leather jacket.

Promotional image for video

Behind the scenes

Credits

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