It’s pretty much accepted that trendy Lana Del Rey (née Lizzy Grant) is somewhat of an invented entity.
She herself admits that the title “gangster Nancy Sinatra” is make believe: “I had a bunch of things on my page, that being one of them,” she told BULLETT in November. “It’s not something that actually accurately describes my music—I’m not really familiar with Nancy’s work.”
Other topics up for contention include pouty lips, a supposed trailer park upbringing, modeling credentials and her ability to headline SNL. One thing that hasn’t been accused of counterfeiting? Her uncannily redundant LP cover art.
Back story: I stumbled upon singer Lia Ices last March when Fashionista ran a profile on her street style; I admit it, cut-off Rachel Comey shorts and cozy knitwear convinced me to download her tunes. Instantly, I was taken with Lia’s lilting vocals, not unlike Fiona Apple, and Grown Unknown‘s puckish album cover.
With her architectural bone structure, flowing mane and flower halo, the only thing separating Lia’s cover from Lana’s is the orchid covering her mouth.
That and her release date, which predates Lana Rey by nearly a year.