Lana Del Rey Is Giving Up Her Americana Aesthetic Because Of Trump

She finds it "certainly uncomfortable" to look at the country with the same romantic lens.


Ever since her breakout album Born to Die, Lana Del Rey’s entire look, from her shows to her videos, has been built on a nostalgic, Americana aesthetic. She’s established her brand on star spangled backdrops, motorcycle rides through the American West and even a Kennedys tribute, but in a new interview with Pitchfork, Lana says that we shouldn’t plan on seeing a red, white and blue flag waving behind her on the Lust for Life tour.

Now that Trump is president, she says “it’s certainly uncomfortable” to look at the country with the same romantic lens. "I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos," Lana explained. "I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing 'Born to Die.' It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now—it didn’t feel weird in 2013."

In her trailer for her upcoming album, she compared the current political climate to “dark times” and “tumultuous period.” The track list offered more insight into her political mindset, with song titles like “God Bless America — And all the Beautiful Woman in It” and “When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing.” She explained to Pitchfork the former song is a tribute to women who “don’t feel safe” in Trump’s America and the latter draws attention to the “boisterous rhetoric” perpetuated by the current administration.

Lana’s fourth studio album, Lust for Life, officially drops today, so you can now finally give the politically-charged tracks a listen for yourself.