Lana Del Rey’s long-awaited fifth album Lust for Life is finally (almost upon us). With the release date around the corner (July 21), Lust to Die tells a completely different story for Lana and conveys a completely different tone.
“There are so many things that have gotten me to the point that I’m at now. One of them is just time. And because I do write everything myself, I just wanted to chronicle how I was feeling honestly, in the moment, for each record. So, I had a lot of stories that I wanted to tell that I hadn’t told yet up until this point. And now, through the last four records, I got out a lot of those stories and a lot of those feelings, and for the first time, I’ve caught myself up to real time.
And now, I’m at this place where I feel like I’m really present, and when I’m reading the news, I’m really reading it, whereas before I was a little bit in my own head. So, there’s definitely been a feeling of freedom and lightness being in the present moment. That brings on that lust for life feeling when you don’t have all of those feelings about the past weighing you down. I remember an interview that you did once where you said, ‘Around every corner, there’s an adventure waiting to happen,’ and I’m kind of in that zone right now. I just feel like whatever each day brings me is something that I need and I want. It’s just time. Time has brought me here.”
This record also marks a stark change in how much politics influenced Lana’s music. She said she’s previously tuned out the outside world while writing, but this time that just wasn’t possible.
“This record is really different. When there were the women’s marches, I was writing about that. There was enough space in my mind to really absorb everything. I think I was very much in the mix of culture in California over the last five years, but it feels good to feel more connected to a wider world.”
And with a change in topics comes a change in the songwriting process. While previously Del Rey rarely edited herself, she found herself writing and rewriting her lyrics.
“I was never a huge self-editor—I wrote songs and then I felt like, Okay, well that’s that. And now, I’ve found in the last two years that I’ve really been editing some of the language of some of the songs in light of the political landscape, [because] I don’t want to be a part of anything that adds to that negativity.”