On May 20, Lana Del Rey released three singles. ‘Blue Banisters’ is available on Spotify and other platforms, but the other two – ‘Text Book’ and ‘Wildflower Wildfire’ – are only available on Lana’s YouTube account at the time of writing. Lana’s next album, ‘Blue Bannisters,’ will be released on July 4. Nylon did a nice write-up of these tracks – check it out here.
Which song is your favourite?
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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
Disenchanted with American media and publications, Lana Del Rey continues to appear in magazines outside of the US. Lana covered Rolling Stone France in March and Vanity Fair France in April.
Nikki Lane, who appeared on Lana Del Rey‘s last album, ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club,’ spoke about what it was like to work with her with Rolling Stone magazine.
Nikki Lane first toured with Lana Del Rey back in 2019, when Del Rey was on the road in support of her album Norman Fucking Rockwell! “It was really cool, because I saw that Robert Ellis went out, and Lukas Nelson went out, and Weyes Blood and Zella Day,” Lane recalls. “She was taking a lot of people in our world, and so I was really excited for my opportunity.”
But the Nashville country outlaw has known Del Rey for what she calls “a long time,” and their friendship has led them to become unlikely creative partners. While rehearsing for a show in Wichita, Kansas, the two of them unexpectedly wrote a lonesome country duet titled “Breaking Up Slowly,” which would appear over a year later on Del Rey’s latest LP, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. Since that first tour, their relationship has only strengthened — Del Rey has talked of a country project with Lane on the horizon.
“I like our voices together. I really like someone like Skeeter Davis, and so I love hearing our harmonies kind of build upon what some of those artists historically did with their own,” Lane tells Rolling Stone. “I feel like they go together. It’s just been fun to spend time with her as a friend, and then to end up on her record.”
We talked to Lane about her ongoing work with Del Rey and what may come of it down the road.
How did you come to work with Lana Del Rey?
I think my first [show with her] was in Wichita or something. I went out to the Midwest, and I hadn’t seen her in a long time, so it was literally as simple as a catch-up. We sat down in a hotel room and talked about what had been going on in the past few months. And I had carried my guitar up to practice “Look Away,” the song of mine that we were going to do on her show. And I kind of said out loud, “Well, someone says I’m breaking up slowly.” And the thing that I now fully know about Lana is that, that’s all it takes to spark a strong melody. That’s how I write songs, too — someone says something, and it triggers an idea, but it becomes so much more prolific.
So she sings, “Breaking up slowly…” And I’m like, “Oh shit, yeah.” And so we wrote the song just hanging out before we went downstairs to get ready for the show that day. Honestly, I didn’t realize it was kind of done in its entirety at that moment. We reconnected later on in the year, and she said, “Send me your song!” I made her a demo, just so that she had something – not that she needs my help, but I thought that I would just send her a completed idea. And they used the vocals from that and built up our track, and then we were able to do the song together. I was excited when she said it would be on this record. I didn’t know where it would land.
This song is obviously very country-inspired, and the Tammy Wynette/George Jones references really stick out. How did you two come up with the idea to reference them?
If you look at the previous lines in that first verse we’re talking about, it comes to the word “regret.” And I don’t think that we knew who would be the characters we would use, or who could play out that storyline, until she said, “Wynette.” I’ve read that she carries one Tammy Wynette vinyl around — she likes to keep that energy and that thought, like muses to her. And I have a dog named after Tammy Wynette, I have a “Tammy” tattoo. You’re a fan, but you also know that heartache. It was as simple as it rhyming, and then it was like, “Oh.” You have an idea, and then things slip out.
What stands out about the album version of “Breaking Up Slowly” is that Lana gives the reins entirely over to you for the first third of the song — her voice doesn’t come in until later. It’s a similar thing that she does with Zella Day and Weyes Blood on a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free.” Did you know that that was going to happen?
I knew once she had sent it back to me. And at that point, we had just started to experiment writing together. But I felt the same way — I was just mapping it out for her, I was happy to just have written a song with her. So when she sent it back, and left not only the opening chorus but the first verse, I was like, Wow. Because to me, those are subtle ways of someone showing their confidence in their work.
And also, I love “For Free” on her record — she is down to share her light, and when I think about her, that’s what I think about. She’s constantly around her peers, around her family, and sharing the experience and the opportunity. When you’re on set with her, you kind of can’t tell who’s working or who’s not. What’s hers is yours in that way.
Lana has mentioned that you two were working on a country album together. Is that still something that we can expect down the line?
I think so — you know, I obviously want her to be able to have control with the way her art plays out. But knowing that we’re working together on these projects, I was like, “What are we gonna do with that other song?” And she’s like, “Well, we’re gonna do more!” She wants to lean in. Her voice naturally works so well in that country space. And I think what you’ve seen with Lana, with her records across her career, is that she likes to lean into all of those characters, or all of those different genres, different producers that she’s worked with and sounds that she’s worked with. So I think she wants to lean into country, and I love that. We’ve been writing songs driving around in an F-150 in Texas. I think you can expect to see the fruit of that.
Lana Del Rey has been spotted out in March and April promoting her album ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club,’ as well as hanging out with some friends, and joining Nikki Lane on some of her shows in Texas.
Candids > 2021 > Watching sky promo for ‘Chemtrails…’ with Clay Johnson, Ed Millett and co. in California, USA (March 19)
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Candids > 2021 > Spotted at Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA (March 25)
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Candids > 2021 > Shopping in Beverly Hills, California, USA (April 1)
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Candids > 2021 > Meeting fans after performing at Nikki Lane’s show in Austin, Texas, USA (April 2)
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Candids > 2021 > With Nikki Lane at MotoStuka in Dripping Springs, Texas, USA (April 5)
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Candids > 2021 > Meeting fans after performing at Nikki Lane’s show in Austin, Texas, USA (April 5)
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Candids > 2021 > Fishing with Nikki Lane in Austin, Texas, USA (April 6)
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Candids > 2021 > At a birthday party at Harriet’s Rooftop in Los Angeles, California, USA (April 10)
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Lana Del Rey is on the cover of Rolling Stone Germany’s April cover. In the interview, Lana reveals that she has written an 11 minute poem titled “My Father Told Me If I Went Slowly, I’d Be Safe – But He Was Wrong.” The magazine is available to buy here. Below is a roughly translated snippet from the interview, which is originally in German.
What is a common misconception about you? That I feel attacked for no reason.
What happens to the American Dream when it comes true? For me that means: you know who you are and move accordingly in the world. In my case, a mixture of satisfaction and activism. I fill my own cup, but I also have a lot of people who I support and whom I like to watch grow.
What are you not getting enough recognition for? In my public life, recognition is not particularly important to me. In the bedroom, on the other hand, I like to work hard to collect extra points.
What instructions did you give your producer Jack Antonoff particularly often? “Let yourself go!” “Be wilder!” “More twists at the end of the songs!” And whenever I got stuck, I asked him about chord progressions I could sing on.
What do you like best about Los Angeles? What I love about L.A., of course, is the weather – today, at the end of February, it’s 28 degrees – and the hiking. I love the surrounding area and the many animals.