08 June 2014 by

#Playtime: Why We Can't Wait For Lana Del Rey's New Album

Lana Del Rey [Getty, H&M]

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Oh Lana. We love you, we hate you, we hate to love you and then we love you all over again. Right now? Well, it's full blown love, or rather lust, specifically for the upcoming album, Ultraviolence, due to be released in the UK on June 16. If the dreamy, trippy, sutra-filtered West Coast video and track wasn't enough to whet your appetite for all things Ms Del Rey, then this surely will be: another catchy tune, Brooklyn Baby, which the singer tweeted about yesterday:

 and which later leaked, either deliberately or not, via the US gossip site, Perez Hilton. We've already heard the titular track, Ultraviolence, but what else can we look forward to from the singer?

Ultraviolence won't be a happy listen

The album is going to be dark, darker than the first - "so dark it's almost unlistenable and wrong" according to the singer. If previous videos which tell of abusive relationships and falling in love with older men are anything to go by we'll take her word for it (while also hoping there are a few more upbeat tracks to cheer us up over the summer, too).

Lana Del Rey at Coachella [Getty]

It's not, for the last time, feminist

Much has been made of Ms Del Rey's "I'm just not really that interested in feminism" line in her interview with Fader, so it's fair to say the album probably won't be a feminist manifesto. It's possibly more likely it will tap into space exploration (in the same interview the star said she was more interested in "SpaceX and Tesla").

It's going to be gritty - think Skins, but with an Instagram filter

If the video for West Coast (above) is anything to go by Lana's looking to channel her signature biker jacket, tough girl "Nancy Sinatra" video aesthetic. Fine by us if it promises as much style-spiration as we've seen so far. 

Ultraviolence will be released in the UK on June 16


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