"Arcadia" is a song by Lana Del Rey, from her eighth studio album and seventh major-label studio album Blue Banisters. It features writing and production credits from Drew Erickson and was released as a single on September 8, 2021.
Del Rey posted a snippet of the song to her social media accounts on July 3, 2021, with the caption, "Album out later later... Single out soonish."
The title of the song was discovered through the copyright system on YouTube by fans uploading the snippet.
On September 3, 2021, Del Rey posted the single cover on her Instagram account and revealed that the song would be released the following Wednesday, September 8. One day later a short new video snippet followed.
The version officially released on streaming services has a noticeably different instrumental than the version heard in the accompanying music video.
In an Instagram Live on October 22, Del Rey revealed that the song originated as a poem. She then said that she may still consider putting the poem in her upcoming poetry book, Behind the Iron Gates - Insights from an Institution. She also noted it was written in a motel after a breakup with a boyfriend, and it is her favorite track on Blue Banisters.
|Released||September 8, 2021|
|Vevo views||6.2 Million views|
|Released||October 7, 2021|
|Vevo views||1.6 Million views|
To tease the release of the song and music video, Del Rey shared three snippets on Twitter and Instagram: on July 3 and September 4 and 7, 2021 (the latter one being a silent clip). The official video was released on September 8, 2021, and features both "Arcadia" and "Interlude - The Trio". The same day, on Twitter, Del Rey stated that the video was "directed by nobody", and thanked "Charles Grant and Chris Ripley for their camera work". On October 7, 2021, an alternate one-shot music video was released without prior announcement.
- America is also mentioned in "California", "God Bless America - And All the Beautiful Women In It", "Looking for America" and "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing", among several others.
- Angels are also mentioned in "Angels Forever, Forever Angels", "Don't Call Me Angel", "Gods & Monsters" and in the poem "Never to Heaven".
- Hearts are also mentioned in "Heartshaped Chevrolet", "Million Dollar Man", "Queen of Hearts" and "Wild At Heart".
- Hills are also mentioned in "Is This Happiness".
- L.A. is a recurrent place in many of Del Rey's songs, such as "American", "Let Me Love You Like a Woman", "Off To The Races", "Radio", "The greatest" and in the poem "LA Who Am I To Love You".
- The lyric "All roads that lead to you" is similar to the lyric "All the roads lead to you" in "The Next Best American Record".
- Album version — 4:23
- Music video version (with "Interlude - The Trio" outro) — 5:45
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting, production, horn arrangement, string arrangement
- Drew Erickson — songwriting, production, mixing, horn arrangement, string arrangement, organ, piano, synthesizer
- Dean Reid — engineering, mixing
- Michael Harris — engineering, mixing
- Adam Ayan — mastering engineering
- Ben Fletcher — assistant recording engineering
- Jon Sher — assistant recording engineering
- Jacob Braun — cello
- Dan Fornero — trumpet
- Dan Rosenboom — trumpet
- Wayne Bergeron — trumpet
- Blake Cooper — tuba
- Zach Dellinger — viola
- Andrew Bulbrook — violin
- Wynton Grant — violin
- Lana Del Rey on Twitter: "Thank you to Charles Grant and Chris Ripley for their camera work on Arcadia. Video directed by nobody". Access date: September 8, 2021.
- Rob Grant on Twitter: "Recording Arcadia…blending in the fabulous horn section". Access date: December 12, 2021
- Rob Grant on Instagram: "Recording Arcadia…blending in the fabulous horn section".Access date: December 12, 2021