After months of teasing, Lana Del Rey is finally about to release her new album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club. Today, Lana confirmed its release date, unveiled the album cover, and confirmed the tracklist. Lana also shared the album’s title track, along with a wild music video. Following “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” last October, fans can now enjoy “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” before the album drops on March 19th.
The new single opens with its lullaby-like chorus, gentle and lulling over piano. The verses are more sparse, with discussions of her astrological chart and her state of mind. Lana professes that she’s not unhinged, unhappy, or bored; she’s just wild. The lyrics are a merry-go-round of simple moments made unconventional or glamorous: coffee by elementary schools, wearing jewels in swimming pools, Lana and her sister acting chill at the country club under a sky marred by airplanes’ cloudy trails.
The new music video brings much of this imagery to life. Lana drives in an old red car, overdressed in jewels and lace gloves as she heads to fancy country club. But just as the lyrics form a sort of merry-go-round, so too does the video. Different scenes and images flash by, interrupting the narrative and bringing a rising tension. Eventually, Lana seems to be swept up in a tornado, much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She doesn’t end up on a yellow-brick road, though. Instead, Lana and her fellow friends — dressed in diamonds and pearls, just like her — appear in a forest, their eyes glowing in the night. They might be werewolves, secretly wild despite their tame country club surroundings. The video ends with a horror movie vibe, perfectly soundtracked by the song.
Lana filmed the music video last summer. It was directed by brthr.
Watch the unsettling music video for “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” below:
You can stream or buy “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” from all the major music providers here. It will appear on her upcoming album of the same name, due out on March 19th. You can pre-order or pre-save the album here now.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club: Tracklist & Cover Art
Along with the new single and music video, Lana has also revealed the album’s tracklist and cover art. Chemtrails Over The Country Club will include 11 songs:
- White Dress
- Chemtrails Over The Country Club
- Tulsa Jesus Freak
- Let Me Love You Like A Woman
- Wild At Heart
- Dark But Just A Game
- Not All Who Wander Are Lost
- Breaking Up Slowly
- Dance Till We Die
- For Free
In addition to the singles, “Let Me Love You Like A Woman” and “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” fans have also heard a preview of “Tulsa Jesus Freak” in snippets Lana shared last summer. Here’s another title fans will be excited for: “Yosemite” was originally meant to appear on Lana’s 2017 album, Lust For Life. Lana deemed it “too happy” for the record, so its inclusion here may mean this will be her cheeriest album yet.
In an interview with Elle UK in 2017, Lana described “Yosemite” as beautiful. It’s about the way relationships change over time, and Lana sings of no longer being a “candle in the wind” (a phrase she later used in her 2018 single, “Mariners Apartment Complex”). Lana spoke more about the chorus of “Yosemite”:
The chorus is about doing things for fun, for free, and doing them for the right reasons. It’s about having artistic integrity; not doing things because you think they would be big, but because the message is something that’s important. And then, it’s about just being with someone because you really can’t see not having them in your life, not because it would be “beneficial” to you to be in their company. It’s that concept of just being in a relationship for 100% the right reasons. Being a good person, basically.
Additional title we anticipated was “White Dress,” which Lana and Jack Antonoff wrote early on piano. In a recent interview, Lana 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.
True to her traditions, Chemtrails Over The Country Club will finish with a cover song. “For Free” was originally done by Joni Mitchell for her 1970 album, Ladies Of The Canyon. Lana performed the song during her 2019 Norman Fucking Rockwell fall tour.
One song we’d expected but evidently won’t get is “Dealer,” which Lana mentioned in a September interview.
More About the New Album’s Sound
During the aforementioned September interview, Lana also divulged a bit about the forthcoming album’s sound. She mentioned folk and country as genres she incorporates. Moreover, it may sound more Midwestern than anything we’ve heard so far:
It’s funny, the record was Midwestern-sounding before I even went to the Midwest. What’s interesting about having a true muse—and it sounds kind of ridiculous—is that you’re at the whim of it. When I’m singing about Arkansas, even I’m wondering why. The one way I would describe the Midwest, Oklahoma in particular, is that it’s not cooked or oversaturated, and there’s still space to catch that white lightning.
Lana then revealed how she feels about her new album:
It makes me anxious listening to it, because I know it’s going to be a hard road to get to where I want to be, to do what I want to do. A lot of that’s going to involve writing classes and being uncomfortable in new places with not many friends and raising my dogs and my cats and my chickens alone. It’s going to be work. I hear Chemtrails and I think “work,” but I also think of my stunning girlfriends, who so much of the album is about, and my beautiful siblings. “Chemtrails” is the title track because it mentions them all and it mentions wanting so much to be normal and realizing that when you have an overactive, eccentric mind, a record like Chemtrails is just what you’re going to get.
It’s a wonderful interview, and Lana and Jack reveal a lot. Be sure to read their full conversation at Interview’s website here.
Upcoming Covers Album & Other Music
In November, Lana told fans she would release a new covers album by Christmas. It would include American standards and classics. Lana decided to share this digital album because Chemtrails Over The Country Club had been delayed to 2021. However, the holidays have come and gone and we have not gotten any such covers album. We only got Lana’s cover of “Summertime The Gershwin Version” in November; it may appear on her covers album, if and when it arrives.
Beyond her own music, Lana recently appeared on an updated version of Matt Maeson’s single “Hallucinogenics.”
Lana also 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.
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, you can also 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.
In March, Lana will release her second poetry book, titled Behind The Iron Gates – Insights From An Institution.
“Chemtrails Over The Country Club”
Enjoy Lana’s new single “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” along with its vivid music video. And now we can look forward to the full album of the same name! Keep up on all we know about Chemtrails Over The Country Club here; it’s due out on March 19th. And as always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.
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