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Lana Del Rey’s new video is like a tourism ad for weird California cults

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On an initial viewing, this video for Lana Del Rey’s “Freak” might seem like the usual sort of dream-like nonsense that she tends to go for. But it’s not hard to see that there might be something else going on here: For one thing, the video features Father John Misty giving off a powerful Charles Manson cult leader vibe with his thick beard and hippie Jesus hair (not to mention all of the girls fawning over him). Then there’s Lana Del Rey herself pouring a Kool-Aid-like beverage all over her face, which seems like a pretty literal Jonestown reference (even though it wasn’t really Kool-Aid that they drank). After that, Del Rey and Father John Misty dance together in the clouds (heaven?) and then some girls float underwater for a while (also heaven?).

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Metaphors aside, this video really ends with more than five minutes of girls floating in slow motion underwater with Father John Misty while soft piano music plays in the background. Make sure you watch all of it, though, because some very important stuff happens at the end and you don’t want to miss it. Seriously, it’s incredible, but you have to watch the whole “girls floating underwater” thing if you want to understand it.

Nah, we’re kidding. It’s just five minutes of people floating. (Or is it?)

Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon is available now.

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