Throw on your flower crowns and light a cigarette, because Lana Del Rey has just released the title track from her third studio album, Ultraviolence. Stream it above.
The track has all the bearings of Lana Del Rey track, complete with dramatic somber strings, her whispery, dangerous vocals, and thematically mournful lyrics. The lyrics are a bit exploitative and seem to romanticize the nature of a psychologically and physically abusive relationship. This comes from a singer who, in a recent interview with The Fader, very unfortunately declared feminism boring, stating:
For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept... I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested.
That's an odd thing to hear from a female artist whose albums are all about women's experiences, but perhaps she's saving the science-themed tracks for album number four.
Regrettable statements aside, "Ultraviolence" is a very euphonious Del Rey track, and in addition to her previously released tracks "West Coast" and "Shades of Cool," shows a much more polished and mature sound coming from Del Rey without losing her essence. It looks like the collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys ended up working really well for the both of them.
Source: LanaDelReyVEVO YouTube Channel