Today, modern pop culture legend and LGBTQ+ groundbreaker Trixie Mattel has raised the bar a notch higher on an already accomplished career with her reinterpretation of Lana Del Rey’s powerhouse debut single and now-iconic 2010s indie ballad “Video Games”. With her signature autoharp in-hand, Mattel speeds up the tempo and trades the orchestral grandiosity of the original for a lonesome western whistling and an arrangement forged in the fires of classic mournful country and Americana.
The video, which drops today, combines the iconic melodrama of its source material with Trixie’s patented life-size Barbie style as imagery of cowboys, horses and classic videos games are projected over her, serving as an allusion to the grainy footage, vintage montage aesthetic of Lana Del Rey’s original video.
In a feature with Consequence of Sound, Mattel sites numerous influences that spurred her reinterpretation of the track, including the cinematic vibes of films like Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Fantasia, classic toy commercials, Pioneertown (an unincorporated “classic western” town in the San Bernardino desert that often serves as the location for film shoots), and the beautiful yet melancholy nature of living in Los Angeles this past summer.