Baz Luhrman’s version of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a tale of garish American society in the roaring 20’s starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan is undoubtedly going to be one of the major cinematic blockbuster releases of 2013. From a musical perspective it comes with a big hitting soundtrack as well, including the likes of Jay-Z, The XX, Jack White, Florence & The Machine, Sia and the wonderful Lana Del Rey who today revealed her contribution Young & Beautiful in full.
Young & Beautiful is classic Del Rey – seductive sultry vocals and a sound that just oozes class. When we first wrote about Lana back in May 2011 (a post which has gone on to be one of our most read in Breaking More Waves near five year existence) we wrote this: “Listen to her songs and you’ll probably be struck with the imagery of cocktail parties, cool looking men dancing with even cooler looking girls, jazz clubs, gangsters, fashion shoots for high-class magazines, drug deals and sad lonely Hollywood film stars.” Now with the arrival of The Great Gatsby most of that imagery is about to become a reality.
Equally breathtaking is the alternative orchestral version of the song. You know that situation when your friend meets a new partner and selfishly declares to you that they’re not going to be able to see you as much now because they’re going to concentrate on their new relationship? Well it’s a bit like that for us and our music collection; right now we’re just playing Young & Beautiful and really don’t have time for anything else – sorry other bands and music in general, but this is just drop dead gorgeous.
Lana Del Rey - Young & Beautiful
Lana Del Rey - Young & Beautiful (DH Orchestral Version)