Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released a preview of her cover of father John Misty’s song “Buddy’s Rendezvous” from her new album, “Chloë and the Next 20th Century,” to her Instagram account on April 22. . Streaming exclusively on Misty’s deluxe 7” vinyl edition of the album, Del Rey’s angelic vocals enhance the original version, bringing a more jazzy tone in contrast to Misty’s more indie-folk take.
The notorious “Honeymoun” YouTube account, which is known for posting unreleased Del Rey songs, honored fans with the leaked full version of “Buddy’s Rendezvous,” enticing them with yet another majestic yet spiritually healing new single. With over 163,000 views in less than three weeks, fans were quick to comment on their support and wonder why the song wasn’t released on streaming platforms such as Spotify or Apple Music. Fans on Twitter were also quick to show their support for “Buddy’s Rendezvous”, with some even suggesting it might be one of her best vocal songs she’s ever produced. Several comments under YouTube’s leaked version included: “Jail those responsible for not putting it on spotify, as always honeymoon saves the day” and “It’s so amazing how good this song sounds like it was written for her,” further illustrating how creative and personal the song feels sung in her voice.
Accompanied by a folk band playing in the background, Del Rey’s voice is ethereal and quite dark compared to the original version. Her approach to deliverance is full of emotion, to the point that it’s easy to feel sadness and betrayal seeping under her skin. Singing the lyrics, “What happened to the girl I used to know? / In the Desert, Come Short and End on the News,” Del Rey’s voice becomes hoarse and soulful, extremely reminiscent of her fourth studio album, “Honeymoon.” Delivering a slightly edgy yet lighthearted sound and Del Rey’s artistry to make the song entirely his own, “Buddy’s Rendezvous” ft. Del Rey shatters expectations when hearing his original version on the album for the first time.
“Buddy’s Rendezvous” relies heavily on the blues, and the first 30 seconds are entirely instrumental. Listeners are then spellbound by Del Rey’s ability to capture melancholy through his haunting and discordant voice. She completely changes the tone of the lyrics, conveying utterly lush and original themes. While Misty’s original rendition of the song is slower and nostalgic, reminiscent of the 1920s, Del Rey’s cover is entirely fresh and elusive. It’s almost as if his ability to switch between soft tenor and falsetto creates an entirely new song, the one yet to divulge this tale of leaving past lovers behind and the change that comes with separation, but from a perspective quite unique and exploratory. Listeners may become confused when Misty’s voice pops up near the end, reminding them that Del Rey is the one being introduced, not the other way around. His voice exceeds his usual abilities to carry a more folk-indie sound, transitioning into something completely different and refreshing, so much so that fans are wondering when his next album will be released and what flavor it will bring.
On this darling rendition, “The Lana Cult” — a name given to Del Rey connoisseurs on TikTok and other social media platforms — can expect 100% brilliance and dedication from Del Rey. She assures that her genre is constantly evolving, paralleling her artistic growth with her personal growth as a day-to-day woman. While it may recall her previous songs, including “The Great” and “Terrence Loves You,” her version of “Buddy’s Rendezvous” goes above and beyond, proving she’s a singer on many levels. The lyrics “You’re as pretty as a postcard / No thanks to the old man” ease the listening experience, reading as if written by Del Rey herself. This addition is surprisingly remarkable, proving that she adds uniqueness to everything she does.
Del Rey’s cover of “Buddy’s Rendezvous” delves into the overall theme of daddy issues and betrayal with more depth and jazz than Misty’s original performance, highlighting her ability to fully understand the emotion and depth of her performance. While it’s unknown if the single will be available to listen to on streaming services, Del Rey connoisseurs can indulge in his divine voice by listening to the song on YouTube or purchasing the exclusive vinyl edition of 7 inch at https://fatherjohnmisty.com/ .
McKenzie Boney is an entertainment publisher. It can be reached to firstname.lastname@example.org.