There’s no big promotional fanfare with Lana Del Rey: When she feels like dropping a new song and a new video, she just goes for it. In the middle of the night! And of course, it’s gorgeous and heartbreaking and devastating, as usual.
The song is a cover of Leonard Cohen‘s 1974 ballad “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” which — as Billboard notes — tells the story of a one-night-stand (which Cohen later revealed was with Janis Joplin), and Del Rey’s rendition is achingly spare and elegant: Both with her husky, noirish vocals and pared-down production and with the simple video, all dark sepia shots of Del Rey.