Could a new album be coming sooner than we thought?
Andrew Trendell

18:15 22nd March 2016

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Lana Del Rey is already back and hard at work in the studio, so it looks like the follow-up to Honeymoon could drop sooner than expected. 

It's been a prolific era for the 'Video Games' star, one album per year with her second LP Ultraviolence in 2014, followed by Honeymoon just six months ago. 

Now it seems her fourth record could be coming soon, after she unveiled an image of her in the recording studio with with the caption 'every day'. 


Every day

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Last year, she revealed that she was already considering what to do with her next album, telling NME: "My label, Interscope, is pretty flexible and open to my records coming out at any time, so I don’t have that pressure. I’m just happy to be able to keep on making music I can stand behind. That’s enough for me."

Hopefully there will be new material ready for her summer tour dates, which include Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland and hopefully more in the UK to follow. 

Electric Picnic takes place at Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois, Ireland between 2 and 4 September. See the full line-up so far below, and get tickets and more information here.

  • From her very first, breakout single 'Video Games' to last week's 'High By The Beach', here's every Lana Del Rey single ranked from worst to best.

  • 16. 'Burning Desire': Channeling sultry lounge singer vibes, 'Burning Desire' layers two versions of the same melody over each other, slightly staggered, and the result is disorienting and not entirely effective. It's also all on pretty much one note, but Del Rey's vocal charisma means you just about forgive her.

  • 15. 'Ride': We'll put aside the problematic Native American headdress she wears in the video, and the three and a half minute spoken word introduction (though some of the lyrics in that are truly beautiful). After a sultry, gravelly verse and bridge, 'Ride' trips itself up by resorting to a pleasant, but ultimately generic and forgettable chorus.

  • 14. 'Dark Paradise': This is one of Del Rey's most upbeat, major key singles, and it's slightly jarring as a result. There's something unconvincing about its melody, and borderline comic about the refrain, "ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, that's how you sang it." Its saving grace, though, is an infectious bridge that pops up partway through.

  • 13. 'Blue Velvet': Though its heavy use in a prominent advertising campaign threatened to dull the effect somewhat, this cover of the 1950s "doleful prom anthem" is Del Rey at her dolorous best. Bonus points for not pulling a "no homo" and changing the gender pronouns for no reason.

  • 12. 'National Anthem': Stepping Del Rey's faux-submissive persona up a notch with a sly wink to camera, 'National Anthem' begins as a fawning love song, before gleefully exposing its narrator's muddied motives: "He said to be cool but I'm already coolest / I said to get real, 'Don't you know who you're dealing with? Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?'"

  • 11. 'Once Upon A Dream': Written for the soundtrack for Maleficent - the dark, live-action reimagining of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, which portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficient - Del Rey has taken her brief and run with it, creating a woozy, sinister lullaby.

  • 10. 'Ultraviolence': Borrowing a term from Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, as well a lyric from a 1963 Crystals song ("He hit me and it felt like a kiss") the album's title track manages to rhyme "violins" with "violence" and get away with it.

  • 9. 'High By The Beach': It's hard to talk about this without going off on a tangent about the incredible music video. Just when you think you've settled into the format - Del Rey writhing around on the bed and sprawling herself across the walls while a paparrazzi helicopter photographs her - she grabs a huge great rifle out of a guitar case and shoots it down in a ball of flames. All she wanted to do was get high by the beach.

  • 8. 'Video Games': From its eery, off-kilter harp introduction, it's not difficult to tell why 'Video Games' launched Lana Del Rey, with very little warning, into the world's consciousness. It's Del Rey at her languid, minimalist best, with a killer pop hook tying everything together. Although we have to say, the song's subject sounds like a scrub of the highest order.

  • 7. 'Shades Of Cool': She might be oft-praised for her low-pitched, sultry vocals, but Del Rey's never been particularly known for her range. In 'Shades Of Cool' though, her voice soars up and down the scale with an ease and purity we've never quite seen for her before.

  • 6. 'Born To Die': After a few breaths of orchestral cinematics, the song swerves instead towards hip hop samples and a glitchy drum beat, as Del Rey croons about the juxtapositions of love: "Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain / You like your girls insane /Choose your last words / This is the last time /Cause you and I, we were born to die."

  • 5. 'Summertime Sadness': One of Del Rey's richest, both musically and thematically, singles. Her voice has a little more heft behind it, and oozes and catches like syrup laced with cyanide. Its Cedric Gervais remix - Del Rey's highest charting release to date - manages to make the song club-appropriate without sacrificing its melody or essence.

  • 4. 'West Coast': As the first song revealed from Del Rey's second album, Ultraviolence, 'West Coast' revelled in taking fans by surprise. It's dreamy, beach pop, with the first outing of the scuzzy guitars that dominate the album, and the tempo suddenly drops just as you think it's going to speed up. It's as if the song itself has just taken a massive hit from a bong as it languishes by the beach.

  • 3. 'Young and Beautiful': Del Rey's contribution to Baz Luhrmann's 2013 Great Gatsby, this song manages to be both boldly dramatic and cinematic whilst still dripping with vulnerability. She doesn't pause for a breath between "Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" and "I know you will, I know that you will" - as if to hesitate will betray her own uncertainty. It's an absolute triumph of a song.

  • 2. 'Blue Jeans': Lyrically, 'Blue Jeans' manages to be both touching and sinister, sweetly innocent and darkly disturbing: "You're so fresh to death and sick as ca-ca-cancer," she sings before insisting, in the song's chorus, "I love you more / Than those bitches before / Say you'll remember." It could be the words of either a lovesick romantic or a deranged stalker. Perhaps both.

  • 1. 'Brooklyn Baby': Aside from a slightly eye-rolling passion for shoehorning in references to beat poetry, 'Brooklyn Baby' is a stunning, sprawling ballad that meanders between Arabic scale falsetto and the deep, gravelly vocals for which Del Rey has made a name: "They judge me like a picture book / By the colours, like they forgot to read," she sings, remorsefully. Her most concise, moving effort to date.

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