Lana Del Rey discussed the creative approach she’s taking to the new music she’s working on at the moment.
In an interview with a fashion magazine W, The singer-songwriter said she has been practicing “meditative auto-singing where I don’t filter anything,” singing directly into the Voice Notes app on her phone. “Obviously it’s not perfect,” she said. “There are pauses, and I stumble.”
Del Rey says she sent these “really raw audio files” to producer and songwriter Drew Erickson, with whom Del Rey collaborated significantly on last year’s ‘Blue Banisters’. Erickson has credit for writing and producing the songs “Arcadia”, “Black Bathing Suit”, “If You Lie Down with Me”, “Beautiful” and “Violets for Roses”. He also plays piano on many tracks, as well as bass and synthesizer, and is credited with composing the album’s select string and trumpet arrangements.
“He would add an orchestra underneath the words, match each syllable to the music and add reverberation to my voice,” explains Del Rey in W piece, piece. By contrast, Del Rey says that while her 2015 album “Honeymoon” has plenty of references to color, her new music has “none of it”.
“It was like: I was angry. The songs are very dialogue. For the first song, I hit record and sing, ‘As I look back, tracing my fingertips on the plastic bag, I think I wish I could extrapolate some small intention or maybe grab your attention for a minute or two. ‘ It’s a very long album. So there is no room for color. It’s almost like I’m typing in my mind.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Del Rey discusses the poets she draws inspiration from. “When I learned that Allen Ginsberg wrote Howl for a few days, and then I saw Lawrence Ferlinghetti read Big Prayer, I realized that I don’t have to go slow to have something good,” she told the publication. “I can work fast if I want to.
“I also drew some emotion from the work of Walt Whitman and from Sylvia Plath – she wrote with clear honesty about her experience as a woman and the history of hysteria.”
Since the release of “Blue Banisters” last October, Del Rey has released a new single, “Watercolor Eyes”. The song came out in January, featured in an episode of HBO Happiness and appeared on its second season soundtrack.
Later that month, she performed a new song titled ‘Prettiest Girl in Country Music’ – with country singers Nikki Lane and Sierra Ferrell – during one of Lane’s performances in Austin, Texas.
https://www.nme.com/news/music/lana-del-rey-talks-angry-and-conversational-new-music-3227723?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lana-del-rey-talks-angry-and-conversational-new-music Lana Del Rey talks “angry” and “conversational” new music