It’s been a wild ride for Lana Del Rey, who is turning out to be one of the most prolific pop stars we have today. Just last year, we received the cinematic Lust for Life, a record which enforced Lana Del Rey’s flexibility and vocal range, her ability to seamlessly play off of guest features by hip-hop liaisons such as Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky. Now, it appears that the mysterious starlet has returned to her original aesthetic, this time with a highly professional partner in crime: the burgeoning and equally mysterious Jack Antonoff.
First, Lana Del Rey took to BBC Radio 1 to debut her first single of 2018, the piano and guitar driven ballad “Mariners Apartment Complex“, paired with a music video so charming and idyllic (and directed by Del Rey’s sister Caroline Grant), it made fans desirous of living in it. Now that Lana Del Rey has released a second single, the expansive and melodic “Venice Bitch“, it appears that she has been at work on more than just music. Lana Del Rey and Jack Antonoff have created a world.
On September 18th, after premiering “Venice Bitch” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, Lana Del Rey announced that the working title of her upcoming LP—which will contain both “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch”—is Norman F****** Rockwell.
“Working with Jack, I was in a little bit of a lighter mood because he was so funny,” Lana Del Rey said to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “So the title track is called ‘Norman F—ing Rockwell’ and it’s kind of about this guy who is such a genius artist, he thinks he’s the sh– and he knows it and he won’t shut up talking about it. So often I ended up with these creative types — or not, or whatever — and they just go on and on about themselves and I’m like yeah, yeah. But there’s a little bit of merit to it, also. They are so good. I just like the title track so much that I was like OK, I definitely want the record to also be called that.”
So, When is Lana Del Rey’s new album out? According to an interview with Annie Mac, at the “top end of 2019“, once her book of poetry is released. After the atmospheric hip-hop of Born to Die, the narcotic rock of Ultraviolence, and the cinematic sprawling of Honeymoon and Lust for Life, fans are here for the next iteration of Lana Del Rey, one that is more grounded and gorgeously crafted than ever before.