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Music Video Monday #48: Lana del Rey’s “Blue Jeans.”

Say what you will about Lana del Rey, but I dare to you deny that this video is absolutely stunning. There are components that bring to mind Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” video: the lack of color, the generous use of slow motion, the proximity to water. The water imagery is particularly interesting to me, because whereas “Wicked Games” plays out in the ocean, an open and natural space that feels safe and life-giving, “Blue Jeans” is set in a pool, a confined man-made body of water that holds danger just below the surface. These videos, to me, seem like two sides of the same coin: both explore that notion of all-consuming love, but “Blue Jeans” contemplates the dark side, the blindness that can accompany love. Watching del Rey fearlessly swim with crocodiles and then be pulled under by her man as she sings “I will love you ’til the end of time” is haunting. It’s so cinematic and somehow manages to be cerebral and visceral simultaneously, and I just think it’s really well done. Way to go, Lana!

Music Video Monday #43: Tom Vek’s “Aroused.”

Black and white footage of beautiful people smoking and brooding, then smoking and dancing? Yeah, I think it’s safe to say this video has reached its target audience in me. It’s so simple, but still captivating, and I love observing how each individual person has their own distinct way of smoking. And I don’t care what anyone says: smoking looks cool. It almost makes me miss the days of yore when I used to be a smoker. Almost.

My aim isn’t to sound pretentious, but I adore Tom Vek and have been a fan since his first album came out in 2005 (when I was but a wee seventeen-year-old) and quickly became a soundtrack to my angsty last years of high school. All of which is to say: I’m happy he’s back on the scene after a long hiatus. Also, his new album is called Leisure Seizure. Great title or GREATEST title? I’m going with the latter.