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15th May 2017

JOE’s New Song of the Day #421: Lana del Rey – ‘Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind’


Still no ‘Rey’ of sunshine in sight.

The glorious summer sun has disappeared from the skies and adding to the theme of summertime sadness, Lana Del Rey, has released a sombre song about summer festivals.

In her new track, ‘Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind’, Lana contemplates talking to God and confesses that she would “trade the fame and the fortune and the legend” if it meant understanding all the injustice in the world.

The song is a quintessential Del Rey number, with subtle R&B beats that break into a bursting cinematic affair jam packed with vivid imagery that describes her being distracted by all the harm in the world while enjoying the music and crowds of the California desert.

Del Rey teased an acapella snippet of the song on her Instagram account last month and explained that the song was semi-politically inspired.

“I had complex feelings about spending the weekend dancing whilst watching tensions with North Korea mount,” she said.

Describing the new album as ‘more socially aware’, Del Rey said of ‘Lust For Life’, “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. 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.”

‘Lust For Life’ LP will be released on May 26 but it is unsure yet whether ‘Coachella’ will appear on it.

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