Readers should check out these five songs by Lizzy Grant, a Lake Placid-raised musician who performs under the stage name Lana Del Rey.
This reporter is slightly biased in his recommendation, having known Grant’s sister growing up. But the truth is, it just would be great to see a local person make it big, if only for indie standards.
And Grant is genuinely talented. For years she’s seemed poised on the brink of success, boasting sometimes husky vocals and retro sound that will appeal to fans of Cat Power and the late Amy Winehouse.
A song of Grant’s was recently featured in the “Best New Tracks” section of Pitchfork Media, an influential music website, making one wonder whether she will soon have enough momentum to push herself over the edge, into wider acclaim.
So in the hopes of introducing readers to a promising, up-and-coming artist, here are five of Grant’s most interesting tracks. One can find them all on Youtube.com.
“Kill Kill” — We listen to an internal monologue here, as Grant prepares to leave an intimate, having realized she can’t fix his problems. She sings, “I’m in love with a dying man. I’ve done everything I can.”
“Kinda Outta Luck” — This is one of Grant’s livelier tracks, as she slips into the role of femme fatale, backed by a riff that vaguely recalls the soundtrack of Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”
“Video Games” — This sounds like nostalgic recollections from a souring romance. The singer seems to realize the relationship won’t work, but needs to see it to the end. We hear the initial attraction, followed by the fleeting good times, but we sense the pending split in Grant’s bittersweet tone.
“Yayo” — The song begins as a plea for rescue from dead-end existence, with Grant singing, “You have to take me right now from this dark trailer park life.” But perhaps not evoking the wanted assistance, the singer resorts to desperate seduction, offering, “Let me put on a show for you, Daddy.”
“Diet Mtn Dew” — In this track, we overhear a woman entangled in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. Grant sings, “Hit me my darling tonight. I don't know why but I like it.” Making it all the more heartrending, she repeatedly asks, with all sincerity, “Do you think we’ll be in love forever?”