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Freak (Lana Del Rey song)

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"Freak"
Song by Lana Del Rey
from the album Honeymoon
Length4:55
Label
  • Interscope
  • Polydor
Songwriter(s)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Rick Nowels
Producer(s)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Rick Nowels
  • Kieron Menzies

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"Freak" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for her album Honeymoon (2015).[1][2] It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels. A music video for the song was released on February 9, 2016.[3]

Background[edit]

Interviewing Del Rey for NME, Al Horner noted the "bassy trap rambles" in the song. Horner asked Del Rey what music she was listening to while composing Honeymoon. Del Rey answered:[4]

I really love Rae Sremmurd so that might be a surprise inspiration. Also Sage The Gemini. I really love listening to some of the people that came out of Atlanta in the last two years. I don't think I was trying to emulate that sound, but I had elements of it in 'Freak' and 'High By The Beach'."

In an interview with The Current, Del Rey she wanted the album Honeymoon to have a "bit of a noire [sic] feel," but that the album "loosened up" with songs like "Art Deco" and "Freak."[5]

Composition[edit]

"Freak" is a ballad sung by Del Rey in a soprano voice.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[7] 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.[8]

Music video[edit]

On January 25, 2016, Del Rey confirmed on social media that a music video to accompany "Freak" had been completed,[9][10] later confirming that video would premiere on February 9, 2016.[11][12] She announced that the video would star the girls featured in "Music to Watch Boys To" and singer-songwriter Father John Misty. Segments of the music video were featured in The Honeymoon Sampler that was released onto YouTube on September 8, 2015.[13] The video, which was released on February 9, 2016,[14] features clips of Del Rey, Father John Misty, Chuck Grant and the girls from The Honeymoon Sampler and "Music to Watch Boys To" who were featured earlier in the film in a swimming pool as Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" plays. The video was directed by Del Rey herself.[15]

Release[edit]

The video premiered on February 9 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California,[16] and was released on her Vevo channel on the same day of the premiere.

Critical reception[edit]

Critics responded positively to the video, with Alex Young of Consequence of Sound describing it as a "compelling, sultry visual"[17] and Nolan Feeney of Time suggesting that the "extravagant" film could be one of the best music videos of 2016.[18]

References[edit]

  1. "Lana Del Rey Shows Off Her Italian on 'Salvatore': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  2. Young, Alex (2015-09-15). "Lana Del Rey shares new song "Salvatore" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  3. "Lana Del Rey premieres video for "FREAK" starring Father John Misty — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  4. Horner, Al (11 December 2015). "A Letter From Lana Del Rey – The Full NME Cover Interview". NME. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. Safar, David (10 November 2015). "Lana Del Rey on paranoia, Father John Misty, Nina Simone and 'Honeymoon'". The Current. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  6. Grant, Sarah (9 September 2015). "Lana Del Rey's 'Honeymoon': Everything We Know". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  7. Hegarty, Tasha (2015-09-18). "Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon album: A track-by-track first listen review". Digitalspy.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  8. "Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
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  10. "Lana Del Rey on Twitter". Twitter.
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  12. "Lana Del Rey on Twitter". Twitter.
  13. "Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon Sampler". YouTube. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  14. "Lana Del Rey premieres video for "FREAK" starring Father John Misty — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  15. Knight, David: Lana Del Rey 'Freak' by Lana Del Rey. Promonews.tv. Retrieved 15 Feb 2016
  16. "Lana Del Rey - FREAK Music Video Premiere Event Tuesday,... - Facebook".
  17. Young, Alex (2016) Lana Del Rey premieres video for “FREAK” starring Father John Misty. Consequence of Sound. [Access Date: February 10, 2016]
  18. Feeney, Nolan (2016) Watch Lana Del Rey’s Trippy ‘Freak’ Video Starring Father John Misty. Time. [Access Date: February 10, 2016]

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