Produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the singer unveils her first single from the forthcoming album Ultraviolence
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Lana Del Rey premiered new single West Coast at the 2014 Coachella festival on 13 April 2014. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Premiered during her Coachella performance this weekend, Lana Del Rey has officially unveiled West Coast, the first single proper from her forthcoming album.
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, the track was written by the singer and master in pop theatricality Rick Nowels (he’s penned previous tracks for Lana, as well as Stevie Nicks, Dido, Lykke Li and Belinda Carlisle). Side-stepping slowly from the Twin Peaks melodrama of Born to Die, the track oozes with the sultry sounds and textures of 80s drive time, based around a solitary guitar and anxiously breathy vocals.
Whether or not this track is indicative of her full album is yet to be known, but she has described Ultraviolence as an record that is “so wrong and exquisite. It is absolutely gorgeous – darker than the first.”
West Coast is released on Polydor Records and will be available on digital download on 18 May. Have a listen and tell us what you think.