When thinking of summertime the last thing that comes to mind is sadness. But Lana Del Rey‘s got that “Summertime Sadness,” and she makes it sound like something worth aspiring to have. Almost. The beautiful scenery in the opening of “Summertime Sadness” looks like the old photographs you’d click through on a projector. Despite the beauty of nature surrounding her, she throws herself from the cliff, committing suicide. It’s ironic, yet intentional, that the beauty of nature–life–surrounds her as she’s falling from the cliff. Before the suicide there was love. Actress Jaime King, dolled in a red dress, plays LDR’s female lover. Directed by King’s husband, filmmaker Kyle Newman, and Spencer Susser, the video captures the human connection of love.
King eventually takes her own life as well. The backdrop of the two suicides are the memories of a young, tender, playful romance. Between two people who happen to be women. According to HuffingtonPost, the video is based on the novel Super Sad True Love Story. What Lana Del Rey conveys on screen is the sometimes joys and tragedy of loving another person. After “National Anthem” featuring A$AP Rocky it was clear LDR’s art would push any boundaries she wanted them to. Bringing the story of two lesbian lovers that commit suicide is indeed a cause to have sadness in any season, but it also demonstrates LDR’s ability to evoke feelings through her songs, and the picture she paints on screen.