Lana Del Rey discussed the creative approach she’s taking to the new music she’s working on right now.
In an interview with fashion magazine W, the singer-songwriter said she practices “meditative automatic singing, where I don’t filter anything”, singing directly into her phone’s Voice Notes app. “It’s not perfect, obviously,” she said. “There are pauses, and I stumble.”
Del Rey says she sent those “really raw files” to producer and songwriter Drew Erickson, with whom Del Rey collaborated significantly on “Blue Banisters” last year. Erickson has writing and producing credits on the songs “Arcadia”, “Black Bathing Suit”, “If You Lie Down with Me”, “Beautiful”, and “Violets for Roses”. He also played piano on several tracks, as well as bass and synthesizer, and is credited with composing selected horn and string arrangements on the album.
“It will add an orchestra below the words, matching each syllable to the music and adding reverberation to my voice,” Del Rey explains in the O room. In contrast, Del Rey says that while his 2015 album ‘Honeymoon’ featured many color references, his new music contained “none of that”.
“It’s more like: I’m angry. The songs are very conversational. For the first song, I pressed record and sang, ‘When I look back, tracing fingertips on plastic bags, I think I wish I could extrapolate a little intention or maybe grab your attention for a minute or two. It’s a very wordy album. So there is no room for color. It’s almost like I’m typing in my head.
Elsewhere in the interview, Del Rey talks about the poets she draws inspiration from. “When I found out that Allen Ginsberg had written To scream in a few days, and then I saw Lawrence Ferlinghetti recite loud prayerI realized that I didn’t have to go slow to get anything right,” she told the publication. “I could work fast if I wanted to.
“I also identify with some of the sentiments of the work of Walt Whitman and Sylvia Plath – she wrote with blatant honesty about the experience of being a woman and the history of hysteria.”
Since releasing “Blue Banisters” last October, Del Rey has released a new single, “Watercolor Eyes.” The song arrived in January, appearing on an episode of HBO’s Euphoria and appearing on its second season soundtrack.
Later that month, she performed a new song called “Prettiest Girl in Country Music” – featuring country singers Nikki Lane and Sierra Ferrell – at one of Lane’s shows in Austin, Texas.