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13 January 2021

Chemtrails Over the Country Club

by Syd Briscoe

Lana Del Rey: “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” - 5 mins 40s

Lana Del Rey's perfectly polished portrait of Americana feels strange to watch in the current climate - like looking through a hazy portal at an old film that never was. Yet that cognitive disconnect works perfectly for the singer's tarnished-gleam aesthetic, particularly in this promo for 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club'.

The combination of washed-out visuals and lyrics yearning for the Middle American ideal of "Suburbia, The Brentwood Market/ What to do next?" may have proven too saccharine for some viewers... were it not for the film's wild third act. Directing duo BRTHR handle the shift with relish, combining flaming cars, wolves, and broken mirrors to suggest there's still wildness beneath the narrator's picket-fenced present.

Film Production: Riff Raff Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: BRTHR Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Luigi Rossi
Production Co-ord: Magen Young
Executive Producer: Tom Berendsen
1st AD: Kenneth Taylor
Cinematographer: Christopher Ripley
Production Designer: Brittany Porter

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