Pop singer Lana Del Rey has revealed that her upcoming fifth studio album will feature a number of political themes. In a new interview with BBC’s Radio 2, Del Rey described the record as being ‘more socially aware’ due to the current political climate.
Lana Del Rey is one of the biggest pop singers on the planet and her upcoming record is already being hyped as a potential game-changer for 2017. Del Rey released the first single from the new record titled ‘Love’ on February 18. The single was accompanied by a series of mysterious promotional posters that appeared around various sections of Los Angeles last week. So far ‘Love’ has gained over 17 million views on YouTube.
Aside from the lead track very little is actually known about the upcoming studio album. In a recent interview with Radio 2 Del Rey discussed some of the themes represented on the record, stating: “I started out thinking that the whole record was gonna have a sort of a ’50s-’60s feeling, kind of some kind of Shangri-Las, early Joan Baez influences,”
She continued: “But I don’t know, as the climate kept on getting more heated politically, I found lyrically everything was just directed towards that. So because of that, the sound just got really updated, and I felt like it was more wanting to talk to the younger side of the audience that I have. I guess it’s a little more socially aware. It’s kind of a global feeling.”
Del Rey also revealed that she had been working on new material with ‘The Last Shadow Puppets’ singer Miles Kane. Rumours that pair were currently collaborating began to circulate on social media last week after a video was posted in which Del Rey could be seen performing karaoke with both Miles Kane and Alex Turner.
Del Rey said of the collaboration: “We’ve been writing some stuff, which has been going well.”
When asked if the material was for a future Last Shadow Puppets project, she replied: “No it’s for something else we’re doing.”