SWOON: Lana Del Rey Shares “West Coast”

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Bow down, bitches. The queen is back.

With only a handful of weeks left before the rumored release of her Sophomore album Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey has shared a new single titled “West Coast.” The song builds on the sound found across Born To Die and Paradise, with heavy influence from 70s fuzz rock and a hook that is almost too hypnotic for description. Lana’s voice is layered thickly over dense guitar reverb and light drumming, singing of love and attraction, but never revealing enough to make her seem too vulnerable. She’s sweet-yet-distant, with a sense of mystery that pulls you in like a tornado of romance and eroticism. You can stream “West Coast” below.

Nancy Sinatra would be proud.

There have been several Del Rey song leaks over the last year, but few have hinted at the sound we find on “West Coast.” Its influence is distinctly more modern than her previous record, but just referential enough to let you know she’s the same tormented beauty within.

Speaking of previous song leaks, “West Coast” is actually the second song from LDR to surface in the last month. A haunting ballad known as “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight” was featured at the beginning of April, and for a while was believed to be the lead single off Ultraviolence. Del Rey later tweeted those reports were false, making “West Coast” the album’s first confirmed track.

Ultraviolence is not the only release fans can look forward to seeing from Lana this year. She has also contributed a song to the new film Maleficent, which hits theaters this summer. You can stream that track, titled “Once Upon A Dream,” here.

Lana is currently on tour, and will likely be stopping in a city near you in the coming weeks. Click here for ticket information. We’ll bring you more updates on Lana’s plans for 2014 as they become available.

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