Writing and inspiration
"Bel Air" was recorded during the sessions for Paradise. Lyrically, it references many topics that previously appeared in Del Rey's music, such as roses, palm trees, and heaven. It also references the Los Angeles neighbourhood Bel-Air.
The song is an airy ballad, the prototypical sound used throughout Del Rey's career. It begins with sounds of children playing overlapped with a light piano accompaniment. Del Rey's vocals begin softly, and melodically build throughout the composition of the song. Light percussion is heard during the choruses, featuring multiple layers of Del Rey's vocals, performed in a higher pitch than previously heard on her work on Born to Die. The song ends with a fade out of the sound of the children.
Canada.com reviewer Leah Collins called "Bel Air" an Enya-channeled, eerie waltz. Conversely, The Huffington Post dismissed both "Bel Air" and "Yayo" as Paradise's "filler tracks". Dissatisfied with other songs on Paradise, Digital Spy said, on "Bel Air", Del Rey finally gets it right, calling the song "a snowy, Tim Burton-inspired ballad.''
|UK (Official Charts Company)||184|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||50|
- Lyrical mention of "Roses", an unreleased song and common theme in Del Rey's work.
- The phrase "palm trees in the light" is reminiscent of themes in "Jump".
- "Gargoyles, standing, at the front of your gate; trying to tell me to wait" is a similar lyric to "I'm hoping at the gates they'll tell me that you're mine" from "Born to Die"
Original music video
|Released||November 8, 2012|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
The video shows Del Rey, enrobed in a white gown, spinning and twirling slowly in a blanket of fog. The desaturated shots are colored purple, blue, green, red, sepia, and classic black and white throughout the video. The video was released as a promotional supplement on November 8, 2012, a day before the release of Paradise. The description section of the video states - "i lost my reputation, i forgot my truth. But i have my beauty and i have my youth. Tropico the film, coming next year".
The video was privatized in February, 2013, for unexplained reasons although unofficial uploads still exist around the web.
Tropico music video
- Main article: Tropico (film)
Del Rey's short film, Tropico (released December 6, 2013), contains a second music video for "Bel Air", as part of Tropico's third and final chapter titled Bel Air. It shows Del Rey and actor Shaun Ross dancing in a field as the sun sets.
- Strings & Piano — Dan Heath
- Violins — Kathleen Sloan & Songa Lee
- Engineering — Dan Heath, Tucker Robinson & Nikki Calvert
- Mastering — John Davis at Metropolis Mastering (London)
- Recording — at Electric Lemon Studios & Westlake Studios (Los Angeles)
- Mixing — Jeff Rothschild at House of Blues Studios, Encino (California)
- Mixing engineering — Peter Stanislaus
- ↑ http://o.canada.com/2012/11/08/lana-del-rey-debuts-bel-air-video-teases-short-film/
- ↑ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/review-lana-del-rey-paradise-review_n_2118735.html
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.com/music/albumreviews/a437881/lana-del-rey-paradise-ep-review.html
- ↑ http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Bel+Air&cat=s
- ↑ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/121124cluk.txt
- ↑ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/lana%2Bdel%2Brey/chart?f=902