A new Lana Del Rey album, titled Lust for Life, is underway. The record doesn't have a release date yet, but the artist promises it's "coming soon." This marks her fifth studio album and the long-awaited follow-up to Honeymoon, which released in 2015.
Del Rey announced the upcoming release with a cryptic trailer that showcases the artist's imagined life within the "H" of the Hollywood sign. The result is a witchy-meets-quirky clip, but she narrates with a message about why she decided to make new music now, why she's been away for so long and what the record title means. As she compares the current climate to "dark times" and a "tumultuous period," we can perhaps expect the upcoming music to be politically charged. (After all, this is the woman who joined witches around the world to cast a spell on Donald Trump.)
"You know, in this town, an artist really needs a lot of space when they're trying to create something special; a place to cultivate a world of their own, far away from the real world that's around them. Luckily for me, I live right inside the middle of the H in the Hollywood sign, and this is how I spend most of my nights: perched high above the chaos that swirls within the City of Angels below.
Now, don't get me wrong: I love to dip in the muck and the mires of the city every now and then, especially on Tuesdays, but truthfully, when I'm in the middle of making a record, especially now when the world is in the middle of such a tumultuous period, I find I really need to take the space for myself, far away from real life to consider what my contribution to the world should be in these dark times.
So each morning, I have the luxury of asking myself: what shall I cook up for the kids today? Something with a little spice? Something with a little bitterness but is ultimately sweet? Or shall I take the day off, and turn down the fire, and just take a moment to send my love to them over the ether? Because sometimes just being pure of heart and having good intentions and letting them be known is the most worthy contribution an artist can make.
So, even though these times can feel a little bit crazy, they're not so very different from what other generations have experienced at one time or another before. Amidst all the uncertainty, and as we transition out of one era into another one, there's no place I'd rather be than smack-dab in the middle of Hollyweird making this record for you. Because you and the music and this place are my love, my light, my lust for life."
Watch the trailer for the new record below:
Via Harper's Bazaar US