Lana Del Rey Debuts New Single “Shades of Cool”
Lana Del Rey may have gotten attention recently for singing at Kimye’s wedding – after all, her “Young and Beautiful” is supposedly one of Kim Kardashian’s favorite songs. But the “Summertime Sadness” singer has been promoting her second album, Ultraviolence, and to continue doing so, she put out its second single this week.
Called “Shades of Cool,” Del Rey and producer Rick Nowels opt for a Bond theme aesthetic with a slow, somewhat discordant build at the beginning that leads into a guitar and drum melody. Del Rey’s high-pitched, distinctive voice emerges from the fuzz without getting lost.
Although it’s a sonic progression from her debut, which recycled many of the same orchestral string textures between tracks, lyrically, it goes for the same target of disappointing relationships.
“Shades of Cool” follows opening single “West Coast,” which had been promoted with billboards in various locations. The track has since gone up to No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Overall, Ultraviolence, which comes out on June 13, takes influence from the West Coast and Brooklyn. The album, out through Polydor and Interscope, features significant production from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – considered a last-minute decision, as the singer thought she was done before meeting up with him for a brief session. That turned into two weeks, with Auerbach now having a greater role on the release.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to “Shades of Cool” yet, hear it here:
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