Lana Del Rey Drops ‘West Coast’ Single from ‘Ultraviolence’ Album [Audio]
Doom and gloom goddess Lana Del Rey has dropped her new song ‘West Coast,’ the first single from her much-anticipated ‘Ultraviolence’ album.
While the record has no firm or concrete release date that we know of, this is the first audio treat from the album.
The song is moody and melancholic, which is what we’ve come to expect from Del Rey, thanks to that kittenish voice and the noir-esque sonics that define the song. That’s her M.O. and she certainly revisits the formula with her new material.
But the song also has a slightly ’70s vibes in the initial verses, thanks to the plucky strings, before developing into a full on, vintage Del Rey shoe-gazer track in the choruses and the coda. While some of her more recent tunes — ‘Young and Beautiful’ from ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Once Upon a Dream’ for ‘Maleficent’ — were epic and otherworldly, ‘West Coast’ brings her back down to earth a little.
There is nothing urgent about the song. She takes her time making her points and her voice moves at its own pace, but there is some escalation of tension in several moments and parts.