Listen to Lana Del Rey’s Solemn, Strings-Heavy New Song ‘Ultraviolence’
By Kevin Rutherford
Now, she’s followed suit with the studio version of “Ultraviolence,” out on her YouTube page today (June 4).
While multiple songs from Ultraviolence, including lead single “West Coast,” have ventured a few paces from the Del Rey style found on her first two albums, often adding guitar in the mix, “Ultraviolence” retains the theme but also ups the lilting, low-tempo, strings-heavy form for which the singer was originally known.
“‘Cause I was filled with poison / But blessed with beauty and rage,” Del Rey sings on the first verse amid occasional piano. Her multi-layered, ethereal vocal that tends to permeate many of her songs joins in just in time for the chorus, which meshes strings with drums and delicately strummed guitar.
“I love you the first time / I love you the last time,” she croons on the bridge, adding in partial Spanish, “Yo soy la princesa, comprende mis white lines (I am your princess, understand these white lines).”
The four-minute track is the third to receive the full official audio treatment from Ultraviolence prior to its release later this month, following “West Coast” and “Shades of Cool.”
Ultraviolence is expected in stores June 17. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys handled producing duties.