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Local woman Kayla Fortunati remembers exactly where she was when she heard Summertime Sadness for the first time.

Having been briefly introduced to Lana Del Rey the year before, with her breakout song, ‘Video Games’, Kayla had been completely unaware that her world was to be soon turned upside down with the what could arguably be considered one of the biggest religious experiences for every millennial woman, the poetic masterpiece that is the ‘Born To Die’ album.

Recalling the Saturday morning she’d watched Summertime Sadness on Rage, Kayla had quickly sunk into the Lana wormhole, citing that it was the music video for ‘Ride’ that sent her over the edge.

“I find it hard to put into words what that album did to me”, she explains, “it was like it was almost painful to listen to.”

“I had a nostalgia for a time I hadn’t even known.”

“It was like she was able to permeate every layer of my skin.”

Being just eighteen years old and feeling lost as she wavered somewhere being a child and a woman, Kayla admits Lana Del Rey probably wasn’t the best influence on her mental health, but she sure made her feel divinely self destructive. 

“I didn’t even like that kind of music.”

“I was a dubstep girlie, Skrillex and Deadmau5 reigned king.”

“But goddamn.”

“She made me want to book a one way ticket to the US and hitchhike with some old, tattooed bikie.”

“Belong to no one, who belonged to everyone.”

“I could have gotten trafficked, Lana.”

Looking both slightly manic and terrified of the possibilities, Kayla admits Lana’s new single, American Whore, has seen her deep diving into her old Lana and Marina & The Diamonds playlist, which has reignited all the dangerous and delightful fantasies she had as a teenager.

“I’m not even joking, I’m just about ready to have a dart and a bag for the weekend.”

“Head to the nearest dive bar and root anyone with a neck tatt.”

“Anything for mother.”

More to come.


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