Hours after debuting her next single, “West Coast,” for an enormous assembly of fans at Coachella, baroque pop star Lana Del Rey dropped the studio version of the new and surprisingly breezy, guitar-driven track early on Monday.
While less overtly moody than her previous work, “West Coast” sounds decidedly like Del Rey — airy vocals drenched in reverb and other effects plus a chorus/breakdown that shows off her vulnerability. The tight, almost bluesy guitar riffs and reggae drum fills give the mid-tempo ballad a bouncy feel. “Down on the west coast, they love their movies // Their golden cars and rock-n-roll groupies // And you got the music, you got the music in you, don’t you?”
The 27-year-old is working with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on her new album, titled “Ultraviolence,” the follow-up to her 2012 debut “Born To Die,” which recently crossed 1 million copies sold. Del Rey kicks off a 16-date North American tour in Texas on April 16.
Listen to “West Coast”: