Lana Del Rey is back with her second record this year as ‘Blue Banisters’ is now available worldwide. Lana also released a music video for the title track and, a few weeks ago, released an alternate music video for ‘Arcadia.’
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Lana Del Rey‘s new song ‘Arcadia’ is out now to buy and stream, alongside an accompanying music video. ‘Blue Banisters’ is available to pre-order now and will be released on October 22. There are some limited editions available.
Here is the confirmed tracklisting:
1. Text Book
2. Blue Banisters
4. Interlude – The Trio
5. Black Bathing Suit
6. If You Lie Down with Me
8. Violets for Roses
11. Wildflower Wildfire
12. Nectar of the Gods
13. Living Legend
14. Cherry Blossom
15. Sweet Carolina
Tracks 6, 12 and 14 were co-written by Barrie-James O’Neill, whom Lana used to be engaged to. She wrote the last track with her sister, Chuck, and father, Robert. Songs thought to have been scrapped from the album are ‘Fine China,’ I Can Fly,’ ‘Rock Candy Sweet/Loved You Then and Now,’ and ‘Wild One.’
Lana Del Rey announced on Instagram that she will release another single, titled, ‘Arcadia,’ from her upcoming album ‘Blue Banisters’ on September 8. She uploaded a snippet and said to listen if you liked ‘Video Games.’
Lana also added some commentary about reflecting on her life due to ongoing criticism. She said, “I guess you could say this album is about what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now,” which alludes the album being a journey. “If you’re interested go back and listen to the first three songs I put out earlier,” she added, referring to ‘Blue Banisters,’ ‘Text Book,’ and ‘Wildflower Wildfire.’ She said these chronicle the beginning, and ‘Arcadia’ will hit somewhere in the middle, and “by the time the record drops you will hear where we’re at today.”
Lana also thanked her friends over the last 18 years, who have “been an example of attraction not promotion.” She added, “I’ve never felt the need to promote myself or tell my story, but if you’re interested this album does tell it—and does pretty much nothing more.”
Although Lana Del Rey’s latest album was only released on March 19 this year, the singer-songwriter has two more albums up her sleeve. In late February, Lana revealed to MOJO magazine that she has recorded a cover album of country songs. She added: “I went back and listened to ‘Ride’ and ‘Video Games’ and thought, you know they’re kind of country. Maybe the way ‘Video Games’ got remastered, they’re pop – but there’s something Americana about it for sure.”
Speaking to Music Week in March, Ed Millett, one of Lana’s managers, said that she has already got two albums in mind. One is thought to be the country cover album, while the other is ‘Rock Candy Sweet,’ which Lana announced on March 20 via Instagram. She said it will be out on June 1.
On April 11, Lana posted a selfie edit with ‘Blue Banisters,’ and on April 28 she posted a different one with ‘Blue Banisters’ saying “ALBUM OUT JULY 4.” For this, she used the same selfie as she did for ‘Rock Candy Sweet,’ but with a different edit that looks more country. It’s unclear if ‘Blue Banisters’ is the lead single from ‘Rock Candy Sweet,’ although this seems to be the most likely explanation, or if it’s the title of her country album, or a third one entirely. Only time will tell! Either way, Lana shared a snippet of the song and its upcoming music video.
I’m writing my own story. And no one can tell it but me pic.twitter.com/aLYlDqQ3Vu
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) April 28, 2021
Despite her seventh studio album, ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club,’ only being released on March 19, Lana Del Rey has already revealed that her eighth studio album will be titled ‘Rock Candy Sweet’ and will be released June 1. While giving interviews before the release of ‘COTCC,’ Lana revealed she was working on that and another album at the same time, which explains why another album could be ready so soon.
The announcement came as a surprise on Instagram when responding to criticism from an article in Harper’s Bazaar titled “Lana Del Rey Can’t Qualify Her Way Out of Being Held Accountable.” In response, Lana said:
“Just want to say thank you again for the kind articles like this one and for reminding me that my career was built on cultural appropriation and glamorizing domestic abuse. I will continue to challenge those thoughts on my next record on June 1 titled Rock Candy Sweet.”
Lana then referenced part of the article specifically. Lana highlighted the author who said “nobody had significantly criticized Del Rey for ‘including’ people of color in her upcoming album, and her need to disassociate herself from the Nazi-led riot on Capitol Hill was also curious…” In Lana’s response to this, she said: “You’re right it would have been unnecessary if no one had significantly criticized everything about the album to begin with. But you did. And I want revenge.”
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