Lana Del Rey surprised fans this morning! After previewing a new song a few weeks ago, today Lana shared three new songs for fans to hear: “Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” and “Wildflower Wildfire.” Each of these new songs is expected to appear on her next album, possibly titled Rock Candy Sweet. (Or maybe it’s now called Blue Banisters? We’re not entirely sure about its title or its actual release date.)
If you enjoyed Lana’s recent album Chemtrails Over The Country Club (released just two months ago), you’ll probably like the three new songs, too. Each of these new tracks continues the minimalistic, intimate style Lana has been focusing on lately. But here, the songs are stronger and more mesmerizing. They’re lyrically candid and vulnerable, with Lana diving into both the normalities of day-to-day life, but also some deeper issues that define who she is.
“Blue Banisters,” which Lana teased last month, sounds the most familiar of the three. She offers a lot of rumination, sometimes making the lines feel crowded, yet they always come together by the end. It’s a lovely song, but it may take a few listens to make its full impact.
Of the three, “Text Book” is currently our favorite. The verses have a slow, almost hesitating quality, but the energy picks up on the choruses. It’s mostly a song about tentative new love, yet Lana also talks about Black Lives Matter. “Text Book” has a rich ending with a choir of vocals.
“Wildfire Wildflower” opens with piano, building up a gospel soundscape. Lana describes the difficulties she’s worked through in her life – especially issues with her parents – and declares that she lives on sheer willpower. Lana plays with texture, too, her dragon-like whispers of “hot fire, hot weather” recalling “White Dress” from her last album.
These three songs are better than most of Chemtrails Over The Country Club. They not quite as languid, instead giving a richer sonic home for Lana’s contemplative lyrics. They promise a great next album.
Listen to “Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” and “Wildflower Wildfire” below:
You can stream or buy “Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” and “Wildflower Wildfire” from all the major music providers now. All three are expected to appear on Lana’s upcoming 8th studio album, reportedly titled Rock Candy Sweet.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
With all this talk about Blue Banisters and Rock Candy Sweet, let’s not forget that Lana just put out an album in March. Chemtrails Over The Country Club isn’t our favorite from her (sorry), but fans are loving it and the album does have its highlights. Songs like “White Dress,” “Dark But Just A Game,” and “Yosemite” are why we love Lana Del Rey.
You can stream or buy Chemtrails Over The Country Club from all the major music providers here. It features the singles “Let Me Love You Like A Woman,” “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” and “White Dress,” as well as anticipated songs like “Tulsa Jesus Freak,” “Yosemite,” and her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free.”
Upcoming Covers Album & More Music
In November 2020, 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 came and went and we still have not gotten any such covers album. We only got Lana’s rendition of “Summertime The Gershwin Version” in November; it may appear on her covers album, if and when it arrives.
Beyond her own music, Lana appeared on an updated version of Matt Maeson’s single “Hallucinogenics” last fall.
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.
Last 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.
Lana is set to release her second poetry book, titled Behind The Iron Gates – Insights From An Institution, soon.
Upcoming 8th Studio Album
Enjoy the three new songs! Which one is your favorite? How do you think Lana’s next album will sound? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Get ready to hear Rock Candy Sweet and/or Blue Banisters this summer. While we wait for the upcoming album’s confusion to clear up and materialize, though, you can enjoy “Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” and “Wildflower Wildfire.” As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.
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