On Monday April 14th, Lana Del Rey premiered her new song “West Coast.”
The new song title was revealed on April 3, 2014 and began to surface at
her live performance at The Chelsea in Las Vegas on April 11th. According to NME.com, “Del Rey debated with fans as to whether she should sing it and said:
“Just up to the chorus? No?”, before giving in and saying: “I’ll just sing you a little bit of the verse without the band.”
On Sunday night, Del Rey then went on to perform the full version of “West Coast” in its entirety at the Coachella music festival in Indo, California.
According to Andrew Sims on Hypable.com, the Song was then dropped on April 14, exclusively to BBC Radio 1 on the Fearn Cotten Show.
The return of Lana Del Rey and her sophomore album has been long awaited, and her first single (“West Coast”) off of her upcoming album “Ultraviolence” has been reviewed with a ton of positive feedback including
The Guardian saying, “The track oozes with the sultry sounds and textures of 80’s drive time, based around a solitary guitar and anxiously breathy vocals.”
Idoaltor.com also pulled these reviews about the new single “West Coast”:
:: SPIN argued the song conjured “images from a sort of Madison Avenue Manifest Destiny — silver starlets, lit Parliaments, rock’n’roll.”
:: Vulture connected the dots thusly: “Mix some ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (‘Ooh baby, ooh baby’) with an outtake from a Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack, layer a signature lyrical style over that (‘Their golden cars and rock-n-roll groupies’), and you’ve got Lana Del Rey’s new single.
:: Billboard called it a “surprisingly breezy, guitar-driven track” and “less overtly moody than her previous work.”
:: Our own Bradley Stern at MuuMuuse felt it marks “a fairly bold evolution in sound: The tempo shifts frequently, the instrumentation is jagged, and Lana’s voice skips between breathy franticness and slurred, drugged-out ecstasy.”
:: Radio.com labeled it a “slinky, breathy ode to a boy and the western seaboard of the United States… the song pretty much stays in Del Rey’s melancholic lane.”
:: FACT Magazine may have had the most interesting reference point for the song: “We reckon it sounds a teeny bit like The Cardigans, which as far as FACT staffers are concerned is a very fine thing indeed.”
Ultaraviolence is rumored to be released on May 1.