Last Tuesday Lana del Rey dropped her title track Honeymoon on her Youtube channel from her upcoming third major-label album due for release this September. It’s been just over a year since del Rey delivered her second album Ultraviolence proving that there’s no rest for the inspired when it comes to music musing and pleasing her fans.
The song maintains her usual haunting vocals but carries a beautiful 50s feel of strings that ebb and flow with her signature melancholic lyrics. Some may say that her lack of evolution is disappointing but this is the formula that made her who she is today.
“We both know that it’s not fashionable to love me but you don’t go cause truly there’s nobody for you but me”
Correct me if I’m wrong but this opening lyric seems to address the criticism and backlash she has endured over the years with a punchy reminder that although fashion comes and goes her fans are here to stay.
She describes her upcoming album as ‘noirish’ which can certainly be heard through the musical style of this track but her promise of more abstract ‘surrealist’ lyrics is an empty one in this instance.
Her go-to narrative of good girls chasing bad boys is clearly present as is the ballad style gloom that drips from her dark quivering voice.
“We both know the history of violence that surrounds you
But I’m not scared, there’s nothing to lose now that I’ve found you”
The music and the fluctuating pitch of del Rey’s vocals are what drives the song because one react to the other. The strings follow her like the movement of the tide in both intensity and serenity, flowing together to create the stirring sentimentality of a classic Lana del Rey song.
That familiar feeling of cinematic splendour shines through as if you’ve been transported into a Boggey and Becall film complete with thrilling orchestral moods and the unmistakable uniqueness that only such immortal names can command.
Lana is a person born in the wrong era with the musical grace of Golden Age Hollywood, she is an acquired taste for sure and one that will leave a bitter sweet tang in anticipation for more of the same.
The Honeymoon album with have fourteen tracks including a cover of Don’t Let me be Misunderstood by Nina Simone, Music to Watch Boys To and this new song Honeymoon. Described as the track to which the record ‘begins and ends’ we can rest assured that this teaser is the premise of what’s sure to be a soul-stirring record.