In just two days, Lana Del Rey will put out her new album, Blue Banisters. She already released the title track last May; at that time, she’d also shared “Text Book” and “Wildflower Wildfire.” More recently, “Arcadia” was a single. Today, Lana returns to “Blue Banisters” with a new music video for the ballad. It’s not the video Lana first previewed in April, but it does match the setting shown in the alternative video for “Arcadia” that she released two weeks ago.
“Blue Banisters” is the title track for the new album and the first one we heard from it. It’s a familiar and sparse ballad, similar to the sound of her recent album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club. Lana 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.
The new music video is as simplistic as the song itself, and it offers a raw visual of several specific lines. At the beginning, we see Lana sitting on a John Deere tractor, just as she describes. Then we see her and two friends painting the banisters of a deck blue. (They also paint their feet and some leaves of the bushes, but no matter.) Later, they bake a cake. It’s all mundane, everyday activities, the kind that Lana often sings about. Like her last video, this one is quiet and intimate.
If you’ve been following along since last spring, you’ll notice that this music video is not the one Lana previewed in April. There’s no word on what happened with that music video, and it’s unclear if we’ll get to see it. It’s possible the footage will be used with a different song.
Watch the music video for “Blue Banisters” below:
You can stream or download “Blue Banisters” from all the major music providers here. It will also appear on Lana’s album, Blue Banisters, out on October 22nd – two days from now. You can pre-order or pre-save the album here.
Blue Banisters will include 15 songs, four of which have already been officially released. In May, Lana released the songs “Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” and “Wildflower Wildfire.” Then in September, we got “Arcadia.”
Several others in the tracklist are titles we’ve heard before. First, “Dealer” was originally meant to be on Chemtrails Over The Country Club, and Lana described it as her “just screaming my head off.” Meanwhile, “Cherry Blossom” and “Nectar Of The Gods” were both originally recorded in 2013 for her album Ultraviolence. These and some other songs have also leaked online over the years.
See the full tracklisting of Blue Banisters below:
- Text Book
- Blue Banisters
- Interlude – The Trio
- Black Bathing Suit
- If You Lie Down With Me
- Violets For Roses
- Wildflower Wildfire
- Nectar Of The Gods
- Living Legend
- Cherry Blossom
- Sweet Carolina
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
With all this talk about Blue Banisters, 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” in fall 2020.
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 July 2020, 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.
Enjoy the new music video for “Blue Banisters,” and get ready to hear all of Blue Banisters in just two days, on October 22nd. While we wait for the full album, you can enjoy “Text Book,” “Wildflower Wildfire,” and “Arcadia,” too. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.
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