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Honeymoon
Released September 18, 2015
Recorded 2014 - 2015
Length 65:14
Producers Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Dan Heath
Mark Ronson
Label Labels
Discography
From Honeymoon
  1. "High by the Beach"
    Released: August 10, 2015
  2. "Terrence Loves You" (promotional single)
    Released: August 21, 2015
  3. "Honeymoon" (promotional single)
    Released: September 7, 2015
  4. "Music to Watch Boys To"
    Released: September 11, 2015

Honeymoon[1] is the third major-label LP release by Lana Del Rey, currently in production. It has been announced that the album will be released on September 18, 2015.

Background

In late June, 2014, after the release of her second major-label album, Ultraviolence, Del Rey stated she had begun recording her follow up album explaining "I have this idea for this record called "Music to Watch Boys To" so, yeah, I'm just kind of thinking about that and what that would mean".[2]

A photo shoot for the album cover was done in mid-August 2015, but neither Del Rey, Neil, Stella, nor Chuck thought the shoot was satisfactory. Later, they when out in Bel Air, there they found the photos they were looking for.

Production

It's expected that Del Rey will work with previous producers Rick Nowels and Dan Heath. In October in an interview with L'Uomo Vogue, Del Rey stated she wanted to work with Giorgio Moroder, credited as the father of synth disco and electronic dance music, whom she had previously worked with on an upcoming project of his own.[3] Later, while covering Grazia in December, 2014, Del Rey talked about working with Mark Ronson, acclaimed pop record producer who worked notably with Amy Winehouse on "Valerie", saying "I played him [Mark Ronson] ten songs that I have composed for this next album. Not so much that he added his usual signature, soul and funk. But rather it explores a sound close to the golden age of jazz".[4]

In April, 2015, Ronson confirmed he was in the process of recording songs with Del Rey in L.A, saying "I'm going to do some recording with Lana Del Rey today and tomorrow. I found this cool old studio out here. [...] She has some songs and I said I had some demo ideas, and if they are any good, then maybe she'll like them and we'll go from there."[5]

Rick Nowels' contribution to the album was elaborated on in an Instagram post on June 16, 2015. In the post, Del Rey explained "Every day in the studio with him and [Kieron Menzies] is a good day. It's truly my peaceful place and in a way, my home. I'm so grateful for all of the beautiful ways he dances around my melodies, and all of the new melodies that spring from the muse that dances between us."[6]

Sound and writing

In her Grazia interview, Del Rey elaborated on the sound of the album saying "musically, I’m still looking for something different, with majestic choruses, beautiful orchestrations, a type of 50s vibe with a bit of soft grunge." Speaking about the lyrics, Del Rey explained that there wouldn't be a stark contrast in terms of the new album's writing and her previous work however she was working on developing herself lyrically, taking inspiration from Mark Ryden, Fellini and Picasso for more surrealist, colorful songs. Del Rey told Grazia that structurally she was writing in a more conventional way with verse-refrain composition and a "strong jazzy influence".[7]

On January 2, 2014, Del Rey opened up a little more on the album, elaborating on how she wrote "Music to Watch Boys To" in a visual, noirish way saying "the title [of the song] lends itself to a visual of shadows of men passing by, this girl's eyes, her face. I can definitely see things."[8] In an interview with Billboard a few days later, she remarked "[The new album is] very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise. In terms of how she enjoyed the writing process behind the album, she explained "I'm kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one". When asked if she was still writing everything, Del Rey revealed she had covered "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", popularized by Nina Simone which would feature on the album.[9]

When being interviewed by the Inquirer, on February 15, 2015, Del Rey talked more about her writing process for Honeymoon. "I like to write at night. I lived in New York for 10 years. I never thought I’d move to the West Coast. Now that I’m in California, I find that I actually love writing when it’s really hot. So I like summertime; I’m a sun chaser. Everything is summertime. I’ve been banned from incorporating that word." She also expanded upon the surrealist inspiration she was taking for the writing of the album, saying Born to Die, Paradise and Ultraviolence were "heavy and autobiographical", whereas with Honeymoon she explained “I’m ready to go into more of a ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ surrealist place. That’s why I really do like what I heard about Fellini and all of the movies that were overdubbed and the actors were counting and not saying lines. I couldn’t believe that.”[10]

In an Instagram post, Del Rey cited "late night Miles Davis drives" as inspiration for the sound of the album, while also explaining that some tracks have a "muddy trap energy". In the same post, she described the title track, "Honeymoon", as "where the record begins and ends".[11]

Release

Del Rey predicted the album to be released after her Endless Summer Tour in late August, 2015. Two behind the scenes photos of a video were posted to Instagram on April 25 and April 26 by Cole Stroud and Austin Kellogg, both models, respectively.[12][13]

On May 22, 2015, Del Rey announced at a concert that the Honeymoon would be coming out in September.[14] On June 4, 2015, model Jake Mast tweeted that the music video he had filmed with Del Rey earlier in the year was for "Music to Watch Boys To" and would be released in June,[15] however by the end of the month no video was released.

Two short video clips, featuring a snippet of the title track "Honeymoon", were released onto Instagram on June 16 and 25, 2015.[16] The song was later posted in full on Del Rey's official YouTube channel, on July 14, as the first song from the album.

The first single "High By The Beach " was announced on August 4 and was released on August 10. The single was leaked three days prior to the official release.

On August 14, Del Rey announced via social media that the album would be released the next month on September 18, 2015.

On August 20, Del Rey confirmed the track listing on her Instagram, along with a video with a vintage filter, showing Neil Krug.[17]

Track listing

The album was put on pre-order on August 21, 2015. The track listing consists of 14 original tracks.[18]

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Honeymoon"  Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels 5:50
2. "Music to Watch Boys To"    4:50
3. "Terrence Loves You"  Del Rey, Nowels 4:50
4. "God Knows I Tried"    4:40
5. "High By the Beach"  Del Rey, Nowels, Kieron Menzies 4:17
6. "Freak"    4:55
7. "Art Deco"    4:55
8. "Burnt Norton" (Interlude)Del Rey, Keefus Ciancia, T.S Eliot 1:21
9. "Religion"    5:23
10. "Salvatore"    4:41
11. "The Blackest Day"    6:05
12. "24"    4:55
13. "Swan Song"    5:23
14. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"  Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus 3:01
Total length:
65:14

Gallery

Promo

Artwork

Singles

Hbtb

High By the Beach

Tly

Terrence Loves You

References

  1. Gallo, Phil. (2015). Lana Del Rey Q&A: On 'Big Eyes' & Her Upcoming 'Honeymoon' Album. Billboard. [Access date January 6, 2015]
  2. Lananow (2014) Audio clip of Del Rey talking about third album for the first time. Soundcloud. [Access date December 17, 2014]
  3. Peterson, Jacques (2014) Lana Del Rey Wants To Work With Giorgio Moroder On Her Next Album. Popdust. [Access date December 17, 2014]
  4. Rocher, Bertrand (2014) Cette Semaine, Lana Del Rey se confie en exclusivité à Grazia. Grazia. [Access date December 17, 2014]
  5. Q-Tip (2015) Mark Ronson. Interview. [Access date April 5, 2015]
  6. Honeymoon. (2015). "Meet my dear friend and producer, Rick Nowels. Every day in the studio with him and Kieron is a good day. It's truly my peaceful place and in a way, my home. I'm so grateful for all of the beautiful ways he dances around my melodies, and all of the new melodies that spring from the muse that dances between us." Instagram. [Access date June 17, 2015]
  7. Ghosn, Joseph. (2014, Translated by Mazarine). Les Ombres d'une jeune fille en fleurs. Grazia (Translation from Lanaboards). [Access date December 19, 2014]
  8. Ali, Lorraine. 2015 Lana Del Rey talks about her Globe-nominated 'Big Eyes' title track. LA Times. [Access date January 6, 2015]
  9. Gallo, Phil. (2015). Lana Del Rey Q&A: On 'Big Eyes' & Her Upcoming 'Honeymoon' Album. Billboard. [Access date January 6, 2015]
  10. Napales, Ruben. (2015). Lana Del Rey: I was very wild. Inquirer. [Access date February 15, 2015]
  11. Honeymoon. (2015) "Here it is, the first and title track off my record – Honeymoon. In some ways I feel it's where the record begins and ends... there are so many other tracks on the record, 13 others to be exact- Some with a muddy trap energy and some inspired by late-night Miles Davis drives… But I love this song because it encapsulates all of the things that come naturally to me. http://lanadel.re/HONEYMOON". Instagram. [Access date July 15, 2015]
  12. Stroud, Cole. (2015) "Worked with this angel today 😇 Look out for the next music video @lanadelrey". Instagram. [Access date May 1, 2015]
  13. Kellogg, Austin. (2015) "Don't mind my face....Video shoot with this BABE!!!!! @lanadelrey had a great time!!!! Can't wait to see the music video @twomanagement". Instagram. [Access date May 1, 2015]
  14. Eckert, Nick (@nickeckert98). "Lana announcing that she's releasing her new album in September #LanaDelRey #EndlessSummerTour #Honeymoon" May 24, 2015. Twitter. Access Date: [May 24, 2015]
  15. Mast, Jake (@jake__mast). "Lana del Rey music video titled "Music To Watch Boys To" coming out verry soon this month!! Check us out! #lanadelrey" June 4, 2015. Twitter. Access date: [June 4, 2015]
  16. Honeymoon. (2015) "HONEYMOON". Instagram. [Access date June 16, 2015]
  17. www.instagram.com/lanadelrey
  18. https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Lana_Del_Rey_Honeymoon?id=Be73vfu2lrdfuqpc55scbdcr4le

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