LANA DEL RAY PLAYING AT A STRIPCLUB by Maria Sledmere

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LANA DEL RAY PLAYING AT A STRIPCLUB by Maria Sledmere

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Self-Published

A5, 28 pages, Black & white digitally printed, Saddle stitch, Softcover, 2019

“…from mutual insomnia and obsession with Lizzie Grant’s entire discography, the artist Douglas Pattison messaged Maria Sledmere with a soOothing video from YouTube. The video in question, ‘lana del rey playing at a stripclub’ is one hour, twenty minutes of sheer hypnagogic delight, soothing reverb, metallic twang and distance. Inspired by the single-image video, in which the user ‘mabel’ parks their car to listen to Lana’s entire set, Sledmere’s poems are interested in the desire economy of the outside looking in, in the tremble between motion and stasis, in shortcuts to a sadcore planetary imaginary. Combining insouciant lyrics with slices of pop hauntology and medial musings, lana del rey playing at a stripclub sings for the night, for the young and (un)beautiful and for the internet of no-one in particular. In spirit it swings between the laconic aporias of Chelsea Minnis and some kind of ambient, apocalypse waltz that even the most adamant of six music dads might tap their brogues to.”

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