Most of us in the United States – and even people in other parts of the world – are pretty anxious about today’s presidential election, including Lana Del Rey. But tonight, while keeping tabs on the close race, Lana decided to give fans an update on her upcoming new music. First and foremost: Her album Chemtrails Over The Country Club has been delayed. It was originally expected in September, and then December. We’ve even gotten to hear one song so far, “Let Me Love You Like A Woman.” But according to Lana, she’s run into an issue with the vinyl pressing plant, and it won’t be ready until at least March. Luckily, to tide fans over, she has a holiday gift coming our way: a covers album!
As Lana explained:
Chemtrails Over The Country Club, right: 16-week delay on the vinyl process, so in the meantime, I’m gonna give you a digital record of American standards and classics for Christmas. Because I can’t get the record plants to open until March 5th. That probably goes for a lot of people on Interscope. So there’s that.
And in the meantime I did this beautiful a cappella version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for this awesome documentary about Liverpool football manager and a bunch of other little things.
But I’ll still be recording. Chemtrails is done! I love it. It’s folky, it’s beautiful, it’s super different from Norman.
Lana’s companion Clay confirmed that Chemtrails Over The Country Club is beautiful and will be “worth the wait.”
Lana has shared numerous covers throughout her career, and just last year said she’d like to release a covers album. At the time, she suggested calling it Pacific Blue. Today, she didn’t confirm the name of the forthcoming record, but she did say we’d get it in December. It will include at least one Patsy Cline cover and some “really cool Americana songs” as well.
Check out Lana’s album announcements below:
Lana also posted a video of her covering “You’ll Never Walk Alone” a cappella:
Stay tuned for more news about the covers album coming our way this holiday season!
More About Chemtrails Over The Country Club
A few weeks ago, Lana shared “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” as the first taste of the upcoming album. Lana already filmed the music video for “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” the album’s title track. Last summer, Lana also previewed her new song “Tulsa Jesus Freak.”
We know a few additional titles that Lana mentioned during her interview with Jack Antonoff for Interview Magazine’s September issue. One confirmed song is “White Dress/Waitress,” which they wrote early, starting with Jack Antonoff playing piano; she calls it the album’s “defining moment.” She described it further:
What I like about that song is that for all of its weirdness, when you get to the end of it, you understand exactly what it’s about. I hate when I hear a song that has a great melody, but I have no idea what they’re talking about. In the grunge movement, a lot of the lyrics were super abstract, but the melodies and the tonality were such a vibe that you felt like you knew exactly what the singer was thinking. Nowadays, you get a beautiful melody but you don’t really know what the person is talking about, or if it’s even important to them.
Lana also mentioned “Dealer” – which may or may not make the tracklisting. She stated that her album doesn’t quite feel perfect yet, and might need one more defining song. “Dealer” may be that song – a track in which Lana is “just screaming my head off.” That’ll be a different sound for her!
Overall, Lana has described Chemtrails Over The Country Club as having a Midwestern sound and being folky.
Additional Upcoming Projects
In late July, Lana released the audiobook version of her first poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass. The physical and ebook versions were published on September 29th, with the audiobook on CD and vinyl out October 2nd. You can purchase Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass from the major audiobook providers here. Alternately, get the spoken poems on CD, vinyl, or picture disc from Lana’s official site. You can also order the hardcover book or ebook from the major book retailers now. Both the hardcover and ebook feature more than 30 poems – over double what was included in the audiobook format.
Next March, Lana will release her second poetry book, titled Behind The Iron Gates – Insights From An Institution.
Beyond her own music, Lana recently appeared on an updated version of Matt Maeson’s single “Hallucinogenics.”
Furthermore, Lana has a film scoring project coming up, which will gift fans even more music. She’s composing for the upcoming film adaptation of Lewis Carroll novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
Digital Covers Album Out Soon
It’s unfortunate that Lana’s album has been delayed, bit it’s great that we’ll get a covers album to tide us over! Look out for the covers record in December. And keep up on all we know about Chemtrails Over The Country Club here; it’s due out in spring 2021. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.