Last year, singer-songwriter Matt Maeson put out his debut album, Bank On The Funeral, featuring his 2018 single, “Hallucinogenics.” During Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell tour last November, she invited Matt to sing the single onstage with her in Oklahoma City. Now, nearly a full year later, fans can enjoy an official duet recording of “Hallucinogenics.”
As with the original solo version of the song, the duet version of “Hallucinogenics” opens with gentle strummed acoustic guitar. This time, Lana chimes in on the first line, singing in a breathy, angelic voice. From there, Matt sings lead, Lana drifting in and out with harmonies. They trade lines on the pre-chorus before it explodes into something altogether poppier and more joyous. Singing together, “Hallucinogenics” transforms into a catchy, addictive song. This isn’t a simple folk song; rather, it’s dynamic, shifting between styles.
In a new Instagram post, Matt Maeson shared the story of how he and Lana connected to turn his single into a duet:
Lana sent me a message on Instagram at random asking if I’d like to come play Hallucinogenics at one of her shows last year. I very eagerly agreed even tho I’m a super busy guy who does super busy things and it was a surreal experience to say the least. I was nervous af and the crowd started singing along and it was just an insane moment for me. I remember listening to Born To Die on repeat when it came out and her songwriting heavily influenced the writing I do today. When we asked her to hop on Hallucinogenics with me she was into it and bang bang we got a duet! An absolute dream come true. Thank you so much Lana 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
Listen to the duet version of “Hallucinogenics” below:
Upcoming Music from Lana Del Rey
Lana’s last album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, came out in August 2019. But never one to slow down, she’s already gearing up to release a new album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club. It’s due out later this year, and she’s already planned at least two singles and filmed a video for one of them. Fans will first hear “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” and then get “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” along with a music video. Another confirmed song is “Tulsa Jesus Freak.”
In late July, Lana released the audiobook version of her first poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass. The physical and ebook versions will be available on September 29th, and the audiobook on CD and vinyl will come out October 2nd.
You can purchase Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass from the major audiobook providers here. You can also get the spoken poems on CD, vinyl, or picture disc from Lana’s official site. Note that they won’t ship until early October.
The physical book comes out this Tuesday, September 29th. However, you can pre-order a hardcover book or ebook from the major book retailers now. Both the hardcover and ebook will feature more than 30 poems – over double what was included in the audiobook format.
Enjoy Matt Maeson and Lana Del Rey’s new duet version of “Hallucinogenics,” and be sure to hear Matt’s full 2019 album, Bank On The Funeral. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.