Wednesday 18 September 2019

Lana Del Rey promises good intentions and a brighter tone in Lust For Life album

The singer explained the importance of words as the “last form of magic”.

Lana Del Rey (Ian West/PA)
Lana Del Rey (Ian West/PA)

By Francesca Gosling

US singer Lana Del Rey described words as the “last form of magic” as she promised to share a brighter shift in “tone and perspective” with her new album.

Known for her melancholy subject matters, which have included hints to domestic abuse in the past, the 32-year-old told music magazine NME that she had moved on from that period of her life.

Del Rey previewed her upcoming fifth record, aptly titled Lust For Life, earlier this year with a short black and white film.

She described the video, in which she tells viewers that “good intentions” are one of the most significant contributions that an artist can make to the world, as a personal manifesto.

Del Rey said: “There is a message. I really do believe that words are one of the last forms of magic and I’m a bit of a mystic at heart.

“I kind of felt when I started I was going to be in this whole new zone when I was done, a whole new space.

“I’m really proud that there’s a shift in tone, a shift in perspective. There’s a bit of reflectiveness on what I’m seeing and it’s integrated with how I’m feeling.”

The Born To Die singer has previously told how some of her more darker tracks, such as Ultraviolence, were inspired by an aggressive and turbulent past relationship.

Three years later, she said: “I’ve seen how I feel about changing those people’s lives and I’ve been on the other side of that as well – on the other side of well-wishes and on the other side of malintent.

“And I’ve realised how strong you have to be to be; bigger than all of it, even bigger than your own vibrations.”

A similar message was behind her thoughts in February, when she took to Twitter to urge her followers to simultaneously cast a hex on US President Donald Trump.

Read the full article in NME, out Friday (NME/PA)

“I’m in line with Yoko and John and the belief that there’s a power to the vibration of a thought,” she explained.

“Your thoughts are very powerful things and they become words, and words become actions, and actions lead to physical changes.”

Read the full interview in NME, out Friday.

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