Lana Del Rey's announcement tweet says it all about her freshly released video for her cover of Leonard Cohen's song "Chelsea Hoten No. 2". Simply, "new video".
Seated in a dimly lit room, the chanteuse exhales the lyrics from deeply lined lips with the same intimate sotto voce as the man who wrote them. As her biggest influence, Del Rey in general heavily emulates Cohen's current smoky, trembling singing voice. But her tremble likely comes from a lack of training, while his from a long, profound life.
The beautifully drifting cover fits rather nicely into Del Rey's continual effort to spin an image of tragic glamor. Released on his 1974 album New Sin for the Old Ceremony, the song recounts a sexual encounter of Cohen's while living at the legendary Hotel Chelsea. He revealed the encounter to be with fellow resident Janis Joplin -- a reveal that he later came to deeply regret.
The 129-year-old New York hotel is famous for its storied inhabitants from the 60s and 70s, playing home to artists and icons across the board like Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, a bevy of Warhol stars, the list just goes on and on. It's where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistol's girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found stabbed to death in 1978.