American singer/songwriter, Lana Del Rey gave us a flavour of things to come when she dropped brand new track, “High By The Beach” yesterday. The synth-heavy track sees Del Rey graduate to a more poppier sound than her previous efforts and is taken from her forthcoming LP, “Honeymoon” due for release later in 2015.
Gutter HQ take a look back at eight of Ms Del Rey’s finest musical moments to date . . .
Taken from Del Rey’s EP, “Paradise”, “Ride” was released in September 2012. Del Rey’s role in the accompanying video was compared by critics to Blanche DuBois of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, while her vocals were favourably compared to Adele and The Killer’s Brandon Flowers.
7. Blue Velvet
Del Rey’s sultry style was made for this iconic track; originally recorded by Tony Bennett in 1951, Del Rey recorded her version in 2012 for a H&M advert and it also featured on her “Paradise” EP.
6. Summer Wine (Feat Barrie O’Neill)
The “gangster Nancy Sinatra” covered the actual Nancy Sinatra in April 2013 when Dey Rey dropped this intimate video of her and real-life boyfriend, Barrie James O’Neill of Scottish band, Kassidy. The track was originally recorded by Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood in 1967; Lana never released her version, but thanks to the handheld footage of Santa Monica beach and cuddles with her beau, it has become a fan favourite.
5. Brooklyn Baby
The fourth single from Del Rey’s third studio album, “Ultraviolence” was released in June 2014 and co-wrote by Del Rey’s boyfriend, Barrie James O’Neill. Del Rey had Lou Reed in mind when she penned the track (he is even name-checked in the lyrics); Lana was supposed to collaborate with The Velvet Underground frontman, but on the day she flew to New York to meet him, he sadly passed away.
4. National Anthem
“National Anthem” served as the fifth single from Del Rey’s second LP, “Born To Die” was released in July 2012. The accompanying video focuses on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with Lana depicted as both Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy while rapper, ASAP Rocky plays the former US President.
3. West Coast
In April 2014, Del Rey dropped, “West Coast”, the lead single from her third LP, “Ultraviolence”. Lana promoted the single with live performances at Coachella Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Glastonbury.
2. Summertime Sadness
The fourth single from “Born To Die” was a trip-hop ballad released in June 2012. However, it was the 2013 remix version by French DJ, Cedric Gervais which spawned a huge summer hit for Del Rey and even scooped a Grammy Award. The accompanying video stars actress, Jamie King as Lana’s girlfriend; both women take their own lives in the video.
1. Video Games
This poignant ballad about a girl who finds pleasure in the simple things in life; watching her boyfriend play video games, and introduced the world to Lizzy Grant, now reinvented as Lana Del Rey. The rest, as they say, is history . . .