Hear Lana Del Rey’s Wistful New Song ‘Honeymoon’

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hear Lana Del Rey’s Wistful New Song ‘Honeymoon’.

At the start of this year Lana Del Rey warned that her new album, Honeymoon, would be a return to form after exploring her bluesier side on last year’s Ultraviolence (which TIME named as one of the best albums of 2014). The pop singer returned today with her new single “Honeymoon,” a slow, sweeping orchestral ballad that finds her crooning about guns blazing, violent tendencies, and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Perhaps her soundtrack contributions to last year’s Big Eyes put her in a cinematic mood, because the just-released title track leans closer to the sounds of her breakthrough LP Born to Die than the material she cooked up with the Black Keys’ Dan Auderbach. The characteristically broody “Honeymoon” even appears to reference her earlier work in its lyrics, with Del Rey calling the lover she’s singing about “Mr.

Born to Lose.” Then again, she also alludes to his “history of violence” and the “guns that blaze around him”—clearly, you can take Lana out of the Ultraviolence, but you can’t take the Ultraviolence out of Lana. The cinematic song largely follows Ultraviolence’s nostalgic themes of tortured romance. “We both know the history of violence that surrounds you,” she sings. “But I’m not scared, there’s nothing to lose now that I’ve found you.” For the chorus, Del Rey sweetly sings “our honeymoon” repeatedly. The arrangement this time is noticeably jazzier, suggesting that her upcoming work could deviate from the ‘60s pop sound she’s favored in the past. Then the camera pans down to the busy highway, and we realize that Del Rey isn’t in some kind of magical glade, but sleeping on the side of the road in the tall grass and trees, flowers in her hair.

Late last year, she contributed two new ballads to Tim Burton’s film Big Eyes and had previously contributed songs to the soundtracks for The Great Gatsby and Maleficent. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

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