Lana Del Rey once said she wasn’t going to make a follow-up to her 2012 album, Born To Die. That her upcoming short film, Tropico was her farewell project. But it seems she’s officially changed her mind.
Last night (Dec. 4) at the Hollywood premiere of Tropico, Lana told the crowd, “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record.”
She then revealed that the upcoming record would be called Ultra Violence, but chose not to give any other details about what fans could expect from the new release. She didn’t even confirm whether the title is two words, one or hyphenated, which is how the phrase is written in Anthony Burgess’ classic 1962 novel, A Clockwork Orange.
Back in August, Lana told Radio.com that her new album was in the works, but had been thrown off by the recent barrage of leaks of her songs.
“To be honest, what really happened was, three years ago somebody remotely accessed my hard drive, so even songs I’ve never emailed to myself [were accessed],” she explained. “There are hundreds of them.”
At the time of the interview, Lana was in the midst of writing her new album and said that she liked the direction she was heading in, describing the sound as “low-key and cool” and mentioning she would like to work with Lou Reed.
“They’re really low-key and stripped back, all sort of West Coast inspired,” she said. “The further along I’ve gotten, the more I stay working with like the same four people. Like Dan [Daniel Heath, who co-wrote “Blue Jeans”], who’s not into pop music but rather, a composer for scores and studied under Hans Zimmer. Him and my boyfriend Barrie [Barrie-James O’Neill, of Glasgow folk-rock band Kassidy].”
For now, she’s focused on promoting Tropico, which premiered via Vevo today. The 30-minute short film, which is produced by Rick Rubin and directed by frequent Lana collaborator Anthony Mandler, who did the “National Anthem” and “Ride” videos, has been billed as “a tale of redemption to the music of Body Electric God’s and Monster’s Bel Air,” all of which are titles of songs featured on the 2012 re-release of Born to Die called the Paradise Edition.
Lana has given very little away about the film’s storyline, but did describe it as “Elvis and Jesus and Marilyn and extraterrestrials all in one” in a tweet last month.