Lana Del Rey’s new album comes in fast after the success of last year’s Ultraviolence.
America’s melancholy muse Lana Del Rey announced at a recent show in Washington that her fourth studio album, Honeymoon, will drop this September. A departure from last year’s Ultraviolence, she told Billboard in a recent interview that the new album will bear more resemblance to the noirish feels of Born to Die and Paradise.
It was also revealed on Instagram that Lana Del Rey already shot two music videos for Honeymoon, one of them being for the “future-retro” titular track.
The exciting news comes on the heels of the success of Del Rey’s Golden Globe-nominated song “Big Eyes” and the Endless Summer Tour, a few shows of which were co-headlined by Courtney Love in a pairing that surely made Kim Gordon’s head explode.
We’re excited to hear Lana Del Rey’s dulcet tones again on some new work, as well as her interpretation of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, made famous by the one and only Nina Simone.
“After doing a cover of [the Jessie Mae Robinson track] ‘The Other Woman’, I like summarizing the record with a jazz song,” she told Billboard. “I’m having fun with my interpretation.”
We don’t want to rush the summer, but September can’t come soon enough.
“All art aspires to the condition of music.” Some 19th-century white guy once said. The universal language of human feeling, the best thing about music is that you don’t have to explain it in words. It stands alone. So let’s keep it brief and let the music speak for itself. Here are the records we’re most looking forward to this fall.
APHEX TWIN SYRO
Aphex Twin’s first album since 2001’s Drukqs, the conceptually mangled paratextual materials (album artwork, press release bio, technical specs etc. etc.) promise a dizzyingly entertaining experience.
alt-J This Is All Yours
Their second studio album (since their award-winning debut An Awesome Wave released May 2012), alt-J’s latest videos are a beautifully shot pair featuring male and female protagonists.
LEONARD COHEN Popular Problems
With Leonard Cohen turning 80 on September 21, Popular Problems will be his 13th studio album. And from the previewed track, it sounds like he’s still got it.
CHRISTOPHER OWENS A New Testament
Frontman of recently disbanded Girls, Owens, usually a mournful crooner, released a poppy twanging track, “Nothing More Than Everything To Me,” to preview his latest solo album.
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN Atomos
Adam Wiltzie says the duo’s second studio album stays true to their “collective melancholy.” In the meantime, enjoy their April-released EP, Atomos VII, with video accompaniment.
THE VASELINES V for Vaselines
The indie pop Scots team up with a slew of Glasgow-based artists for their new album, including Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian) and Frank Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub).
WEEZER Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Teaming up with their Blue and Green albums’ producer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End is supposedly a return to the group’s roots. Their latest released track, “Cleopatra,” seems to fit the bill.
ZOLA JESUS Taiga
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) on her new album: It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native… For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.
THURSTON MOORE The Best Day
His first solo album since 2010, Moore describes it as balanced between his “signature thrashing electric guitars” and “blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.” Backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), the group caps off a two-month tour with a Brooklyn performance on October 26th.
FOO FIGHTERS Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters travelled to eight studios in eight cities across North America to write and record their newest album. HBO even made a documentary series chronicling their journey, which premieres October 17.
ARIEL PINK pom pom
While pom pom is technically the first ‘solo’ record credited to Ariel Pink’s name, the LA-based recording artist made sure to say that “it is by far the least ‘solo’ record” he’s ever recorded. The double album’s 17 songs run 69 minutes.
NICKI MINAJ The Pinkprint
Nicki says her new album is inspired by Jay-Z’s 2001 LP, The Blueprint. She’s already released plenty of new material, including the now-infamous video for “Anaconda,” featuring Drake.
DAVID BOWIE Nothing Has Changed
Bowie’s career-spanning compilation also includes two new singles, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” and “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore”. Check out the cool Steve Reich-infused mix of Bowie’s “Love Is Lost.”