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Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Length 4:55
(See official versions)
From
Honeymoon Logo
Single(s) "High By the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"Art Deco"
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"Freak" 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. A music video for the track was released on February 9, 2016

Background and releaseEdit

A snippet of the track, which Del Rey had previously described as "very sexy", debuted on September 8, 2015 alongside snippets of "Terrence Loves You", "Music to Watch Boys To" and "High By the Beach", on the pre-release album sampler. 

Critical receptionEdit

The song was generally acclaimed by music contemporary critics. DigitalSpy's Amy Davidson stated that Del Rey "dance[s] in slow motion with you before leaning in to convincingly whisper the argument towards being "a freak like me too" in your ear."[1] Jessica Hopper of Pitchfork stated that Del Rey branched away from the normal "pop music style" that she is known for and had begun to include California girl-lyrics into some of the songs off the album include "Freak", "High By the Beach", and "Art Deco". Hopper later went on to praise the switch in lyrical styling which is sampled in the song.[2]

Live performances Edit

Del Rey first performed the song live on June 3, 2016 at the Orange Warsaw Festival in Warsaw, Poland. She then performed it on six other dates as part of setlist for her the 2016 Festival Tour.

Cross-referencesEdit

  • "Like an endless summer" is a reference to the title of the Endless Summer Tour.
  • "Come to California" is a similar to the line "Come on down to Florida" from "Florida Kilos".
  • "All you need" is a line from "Peace".
  • "Sun reflecting in your eyes like an easy rider" is a reference to the "Angels Forever, Forever Angels" lyric "Is the sun in your eyes, easy rider?". The lyric is also similar to the lyrics "sun reflecting in your eyes" and "death reflecting in his eyes" from "Bentley". In addition, the lyric is similar to the lyric "there are violets in your eyes" from "Honeymoon".
  • The phrase "it's like I told you" also appears in "Born to Die", and is similar to the line "it's like you said" in "Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)".
  • "I don't wanna fight" appears in several songs, most notably in the pre-chorus for "Playground".
  • Palms (or palm trees) are also mentioned in "Methamphetamines", "Trash Magic", "Jump", and "Bel Air".

Music videoEdit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Freak10:53

Lana Del Rey - Freak

Released February 9, 2016
Length 10:53
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer Justin Benoliel
Nabil Elderkin
Choreographer
Filmed June 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 23+ Million views

Background Edit

On January 25, 2016, Del Rey confirmed on social media that a music video to accompany "Freak" would be coming soon.[3][4] She later announced that the video would premiere on February 9, 2016, at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.[5][6] Del Rey stated that the video would star the girls featured in "Music to Watch Boys To" and singer-songwriter Father John Misty. The music video footage was filmed around June 2014, originally for "Ultraviolence" and clips from it were featured in The Honeymoon Sampler which was released onto YouTube on September 8, 2015.[7]

Description Edit

The video opens with a clip of the Earth revolving and "Lana Del Rey" alongside the title of the song super imposed in a yellow font before transitioning into a scene of Father John Misty and Del Rey walking through a rocky desert landscape as the song begins. The next scene shows Del Rey listening to Misty playing the guitar as she drinks Kool-Aid from a plastic cup before placing a tab of acid on his tongue. As the chorus starts, an overexposed pink and red filter fills the screen as Misty is surrounded by a group of women in white. Del Rey sits in front of him smiling and drinking. The scene suddenly transitions at the start of the second verse to Del Rey in a dark cabin at night. This scene is interpolated with clips of Father John Misty pacing and shouting in the desert. Del Rey places the needle of a record player on a vinyl and looks around the cabin. She walks over to a pond and puts her hand in, transitioning back to Misty on acid surrounded by women. The bridge moves back to Del Rey and Misty walking around the desert landscape, she gives him another tab of acid and shortly after a filtered shot of Del Rey lying back reaching for the Kool-Aid comes into view. A close up shot sees Del Rey pouring the Kool-Aid into her mouth then wiping the excess off her lips. The final scene during the song shows Del Rey and Father John Misty dancing in fog in all white before he bends her over his arm and kisses her. The video then transitions into clips of Del Rey, Father John Misty, Chuck Grant and the girls from The Honeymoon Sampler and "Music to Watch Boys To" who featured earlier in the film in a swimming pool as Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" plays.

Release Edit

Del Rey announced through social media that the video would premiere on February 9, 2016, at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California.[8] It was released on VEVO a few hours after the event. The tickets for the premiere were sold out in 15 minutes. The theater has a capacity of 1,850 persons.[9]

Critical reception Edit

Critics responded positively to the video, with Alex Young of Consequence of Sound describing it as a "compelling, sultry visual"[10] and Nolan Feeney of Time suggesting that the "extravagant" film could be one of the best music videos of 2016.[11]

Photos by Neil Krug (June, 2014) Edit

Behind the scenes Edit

Promotional images Edit

Accolades Edit

Publication Accolade Rank
BreatheHeavy Top 20 Music Videos of 2016[12] 18
Celebuzz The 24 Best Music Videos of 2016 So Far[13] N/A

Official versions Edit

  • Album version – 4:55
  • Instrumental version – 5:05
  • Music video version (with "Clair de Lune" outro) – 10:53

LyricsEdit

Flames so hot that they turn blue (mm-hm-mm)
Palms reflecting in your eyes like an endless summer
That's the way I feel for you
If time stood still I'd take this moment, make it last forever

Your halo's full of fire, I'm risin' up, risin' up
My heart loves full of fire, loves full of fire, ah

Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too
Screw your anonymity, lovin' me is all you need
To feel like I do

We could slow dance to rock music
Kiss while we do it, talk till we both turn blue
Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too

Leather black and eyes of blue (blue, blue, blu-blu-blu-blu-blu-blue)
Sun reflecting in your eyes, like an easy rider
Life makes sense when I'm with you
Looking back, my past, it all seems stranger than a stranger

So let's dance in slow motion, tear it up, tear it up
And let's dance by the ocean, ah

Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too
Screw your anonymity, lovin' me is all you need
To feel like I do

We could slow dance to rock music
Kiss while we do it, talk till we both turn blue
Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too

Ooh, you're cold as ice, baby
But when you're nice, baby
You're so amazing in every way
Ooh, you're cold as ice, baby
I don't wanna fight, baby
It's like I told you, if you stay I'll stay

Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too
(Take it to the back if you really wanna talk)
Screw your anonymity, lovin' me is all you need
To feel like I do
(Take it to the back if you really wanna talk)

We could slow dance to rock music
Kiss while we do it, talk till we both turn blue
Baby, if you wanna leave, come to California
Be a freak like me too

Credits Edit

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production, mellotron effects
  • Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, pads, electric guitar, bass
  • Kieron Menzies – production, drums, percussion, 808 bass, recording, mixing, engineering
  • Leon Michels – saxophone, synth
  • Rusty Anderson – guitar effects
  • Adam Ayan – mastering
  • Patrick Warren – orchestrations
  • Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia – engineering
  • Phil Joly & Iris Sofia – assistant engineering

ReferencesEdit


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