We just knew 2015 was going to be a gem of a music year. If you’ve already seen the movie Big Eyes (you know, the Tim Burton movie Amy Adams just won a Golden Globe for) then you are likely aware that Lana Del Rey has two new songs in the flick. What you may not know is that this summer Miss Lana will be dropping a whole new album, sweetly titled Honeymoon.
So what can we expect from the follow-up to last summer’s Ultraviolence? We won’t totally know the answer to that question until the August release, but Lana did chat with Billboard and reveal a few mini-spoilers.
“It’s very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise. I finished my last one [Ultraviolence] in March and released it in June and I had a follow-up idea. It’s growing into something I really like,” she said. “I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one.”
So, we can expect Honeymoon to further dive into that noir-vibe she’s been playing with. I personally feel that everything she touches turns to noir, so I’m looking forward to hearing in what ways Honeymoon will be so noir-esque even Lana is calling it noir-er.
Listening to the two new tracks in Big Eyes as a reflection of Honeymoon, it is safe to say this album will take on new levels of melodic complexity and sophistication.
Both songs in the film, “Big Eyes” and “I Can Fly,” demonstrate the emotionally riveting range of her voice and what her sound is capable of. As always, the lyrics are haunting, ravenous, and self-aware. In “I Can Fly”, she sings “I had a dream that I was fine/I wasn’t crazy, I was divine.”
It seems that my Lana goddess and idol will no time soon abandon these themes of madness and frustration that she’s so good at pinpointing.
Similarly to her previous albums, Honeymoon will not be an album only about Lana Del Rey, but also the many characters she is able to empathize with and envision herself as. As with Paradise and Ultraviolence, Honeymoon will feature one of Lana’s exquisite covers, this time of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let me be Misunderstood.” One thing I can say about Honeymoon with full confidence: I will listen to it one billion times.