Lana Del Rey is currently on tour, making her way down the West Coast. She’s turning her shows into events; last week, for instance, she brought Joan Baez onstage for a duet in Berkeley. And at every night on her Norman Fucking Rockwell! tour, Del Rey has been singing one particular cover: “For Free,” a track from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 album Ladies Of The Canyon. Tonight, Del Rey will play the Hollywood Bowl, a venue that looms huge in the sort mythology that she loves. And in anticipation that show, Del Rey has shared a special version “For Free.”
On her Instagram last night, Del Rey posted a video herself singing with two other singer-songwriters, Weyes Blood and Zella Day. The three them make for a natural combination; all them make dreamy, thoughtful music that draws on various folk-rock traditions, calling back to the ’70s without sounding stuck in them. It’s cool to see all them together, singing Joni Mitchell.
On Del Rey’s Instagram, we see her, Weyes Blood, and Zella Day all sitting crosslegged together on the floor what looks like a rehearsal studio, the three them taking turns on “For Free” verses and harmonizing on the chorus. They’re doing this with no audience, though it seems possible that they’ll do it again onstage tonight. It sounds great. Watch it below.