By Nicola Roy (@circaslaves)
If anybody is likely to disappear for two years and re-appear with a new image, single and with zero promotion whatsoever (and have it be a success), it’s Lana Del Rey.
Since her fourth album Honeymoon was released in 2015, everyone’s favourite queen of sadness has been somewhat quiet, aside from her collaborations with The Weeknd on Stargirl Interlude and Party Monster. Now, just a few days after several posters of the above image were found dotted about downtown L.A., her new song ‘Love’ has been released on Spotify and Apple Music.
Giving a nod to elements of her first album, Born to Die, Love starts off with the same shady, cinematic guitar playing that we saw on tracks such as Blue Jeans. She described it herself as ‘a bittersweet ode to youthful hope and young love’, and with poignant lyrics such as ‘You get ready, you get all dressed up / To go nowhere in particular / .. doesn’t matter cause it’s enough to be young and in love’, she isn’t wrong.
The track effortlessly builds up to a beautiful chorus with a huge hook, with Del Rey’s silky vocals gliding seamlessly over light romantic synths. It shows, undoubtedly, that despite being very quiet for the majority of 2016, that Lana hasn’t lost it.
This isn’t the first time Lana has caused an uproar on the internet in the past week or so. Recently a video of her singing Elton John on karaoke with none other than Alex Turner and Miles Kane appeared on twitter, causing quite the stir amongst fan bases– you can watch it here.