The American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey was on a roll last year as she ruled 2021 with not just one but two breathtakingly magnificent albums amidst the pandemic, Chemtrails Over the Country Club and Blue Banisters. If you think she would take a break to unwind, you are mistaken. It’s time to buckle up and prepare yourself for the upcoming, brand new, and yet untitled album by Lana Del Rey in 2022.
The six-time GRAMMY-award nominated singer Lana Del Rey recently graced the cover of the latest music issue of W Magazine, Volume 3, and looked like a glamourous, graceful goddess with a tinge of retro Hollywood elegance. She looked astonishing as she donned multiple magnificent ensembles and accessories for the photoshoot, from high-end, luxurious brands such as Celine by Hedi Slimane, Gucci, Albertus Swanepoel, Swarovski, Row, Chanel, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Lana sat down with longtime friend and collaborator, Alessandro Michele, the Italian fashion designer, and Gucci creative director, and revealed some intriguing details about her upcoming album. They spoke about their collaboration at the 2018 Met Gala, the Gucci Guilty fragrance campaign, dreams, happiness, nature, and nostalgia. We fell in love with this authentic conversation, so we’re rounding up our fave moments, just for you, you lucky bees!
Lana On Songwriting
Michele also took a deep dive into the singer’s creative songwriting process, speaking of which Lana noted she has transitioned to meditative automatic singing, where she taps into the unconscious and filters nothing. She speaks her mind, records her thoughts unfiltered, and embraces her inner self. “I’ll just sing whatever comes to mind into my Voice Notes app. It’s not perfect,” she said. “When I’m automatic singing, I don’t have the time and leisure to think about things in terms of colors. It’s very cerebral.”
In Honeymoon, there were so many color references, but in the new music, there are none. Lana also told Michele during the interview that the ninth studio album would differ from her previous evocative and mystical works, and it is more angry, conversational, spontaneous, authentic, and unfiltered.
For the first song, I pressed record and sang, “When I look back, tracing fingertips over plastic bags, I think I wish I could extrapolate some small intention or maybe get your attention for a minute or two.” It’s a very wordy album. So there’s no room for color. It’s almost like I’m typing in my mind.
Lana Del Rey via W Magazine
Lana’s Fave Lana Song!
Lana Del Rey is known for her rich, extensive discography infused with poignant, heartfelt lyrics that stir our hearts and sweep us off our feet. But have you ever wondered what her favorite emotional tunes are? Without piquing your curiosity, let us tell you it’s ‘Swan Song’ from Honeymoon, which instantly moves her to tears, and we can feel why. As Lana explained to Michele:
It’s the antithesis of hopefulness. It’s about trying to find beauty in giving up. If I had my way, I would continue to persist in all areas of my life, but it can be quite challenging because I can be too trusting too soon. The burn that can come from that really can incinerate your whole thinking life and your daily processes. At the end of every album, I say goodbye and thank you—very Old Hollywood style—and yet I cannot help but just continue to write.
Lana Del Rey via W Magazine
Her Grandparent’s Influence
Speaking of Old Hollywood, she also shared that her grandparents influenced her immense love of the classic golden era. “When I was younger, my grandparents would let me watch their old movies, and I related to the subtle nuances of the female characters,” Del Rey explained. “Not much needed to be said; [but] a lot was inferred between the lines. When things got bigger for me and my career, I always assumed that just by me speaking and being myself, people would know who I was inherent. I learned that was not true. You had to spell things out, and that was very hard for me.”
Lana’s distinct, evocative aesthetic strongly intertwines with the Old Hollywood Era. You can see references to the Golden Age of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe, retro glamour, and classic splendor everywhere, from her breathtaking style, fashion, artistry, and demeanor. She emanates a mysterious appeal and sensuality combined with her lush vocals while preserving her femininity, charm, and infectious smile that will instantly pull you in.
Poetry For The Soul
Lana Del Rey’s golden hat of success adorns feathers of massive accomplishments, one of which represents her poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. She poured out her heart and delivered a beautiful string of poetry encompassing nearly every emotion on the spectrum that one can experience in life. Her release was not only a tremendous achievement, as it fulfilled a long-held desire but gave us a glimpse of her spectacular talent that left us all in awe.
Lana also shared the poets that left an enormous, profound impact on her life with their creative works, and Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, and Sylvia Plath made the cut. Brilliant choices, we must say. She noted that writing poetry is distinctive from writing lyrics. Rather than tapping into your vulnerability, one needs to stay clear-headed, positive, and in high spirits to keep their thoughts flowing and compose heartfelt poems. She said:
I definitely think that writing my poetry was the beginning of a more psychic, energetic opening to my family of origin. It’s also a little more nerve-racking because the last thing you want to end up doing is sounding like Dr. Seuss. And no one can help you with it. […] All of a sudden, the first few lines of a poem will come, and I’m reminded, “Oh yeah, you work well when you’re having a good time.”
Lana Del Rey via W Magazine
Alessandro Michele and Lana Del Rey are prominent creatives in their respective disciplines who share a love for beauty, nature, and nostalgia. They have a knack for tweaking these inspirations as a staple of their original, refreshing artwork. Inspired by Californian landscapes, Lana often incorporates many natural elements—earth, water, air, and fire—into her music and visuals.
As she remembered an old photoshoot she did for the Gucci Guilty campaign during one of the LA fires, Lana stated:
Ashes were coming into my car vent on the 405 highway because Bel Air was burning. We were in the Valley shooting a scene, and everyone was in gas masks, and the sky was orange, which somehow seemed perfect. From that point on, I added fire to the hillsides in my music videos.
Lana Del Rey via W Magazine
We’re Happy When Lana Is Happy
What is the first thing that comes to mind when we say “happiness?” We look for it in all directions while overlooking the small things surrounding us. When Michele asked what makes Lana the happiest, she said, “When I trust my gut and follow through.”
She continued, “I’m happiest when I see my brother and sister thriving. One of my goals is to make sure that my siblings and I are always safe. I’m happiest around my three girlfriends.” She also loves to connect with nature. “I’m happiest when I’m lying down in the park, and I look up and I think to myself, Isn’t it beautiful that just lying on the grass and feeling the support of the earth underneath me is enough for today?”
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