There are no tigers, bikers, poolside romps or A$AP Rocky in Lana Del Rey’s new video, just Del Rey herself, singing a faithful version of Leonard Cohen’s reflective ode “Chelsea Hotel No. 2.” Sitting on a couch in a gloomy room and fumbling occasionally with a cigarette and matchbook, Del Rey strikes the same spare, wistful tone as Cohen, who wrote the song about a fling with Janis Joplin in the famous New York artists’ haunt. The tune appeared on Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.
Del Rey posted a link to the clip last night on Twitter, with a two-word description: “new video.” It’s not clear whether the song is a one-off cover or part of a future project. Her most recent release, Born to Die – Paradise Edition, is an expanded version of her 2012 album Born to Die.