Lana Del Rey has some new music on the way, and in a revealing interview with Daze magazine the singer-songwriter opens up to pal Courtney Love about her upcoming album, “Lust for Life”.
As Del Rey reveals, the title track is a collaboration with The Weeknd, while another track — “Tomorrow Never Came” — features Sean Lennon.
“People ask me about musical similarities between our stuff,” Del Rey tells Love, who conducted the interview via telephone from a Vancouver film set. “I just know it’s the kind of music I listen to all the time: when I’m driving, or when I’m alone, or when I’m with friends.”
Working with The Weeknd, Del Rey tells Love, came about after she lent some vocals to his latest release, “Starboy” and its predecessor.
“He is actually on the title track of the record, ‘Lust for Life’. Maybe that’s kind of weird to have a feature on the title track, but I really love that song and we had said for a while that we were gonna do something,” she says, adding that she “did stuff on his last two records.”
Her collaboration with Lennon, she explains, came about in a far different fashion. After writing “Tomorrow Never Came,” she says, “I kept on thinking about who this song was for or who could do it with me, and then I realized that [Lennon] would be a good person. I didn’t know if I should ask him because I actually have a line in it where I say, ‘I wish we could go back to your country house and put on the radio and listen to our favourite song by Lennon and Yoko.’ I didn’t want him to think I was asking him because I was namechecking them. Actually, I had listened to his records over the years and I did think it was his vibe, so I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes, down to the mix.”
In fact, Del Rey reveals she’s spending a lot of time in post-production, working with the engineers on the mastering and mixing, and jokes that “it’s killing me… Because I actually don’t love a glossy production. If I want a bit of that retro feel, like that spring reverb or that Elvis slap, sometimes if you send it to an outside mixer they might try and dry things up a bit and push them really hard on top of the mix so it sounds really pop. And ‘Born to Die’ did have a slickness to it, but, in general, I have an aversion to things that sound glossy all over – you have to pick and choose.”
“Lust for Life” doesn’t have a release date yet, but will drop sometime in the spring; in the meantime, check out the title track from the upcoming album, featuring The Weeknd: