A new Lana Del Rey track “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight” has surfaced, and while there’s no indication that it will appear on on the singer’s still-in-the-works second LP, Ultraviolence, the song could hint at a new sonic direction for the singer.
“Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight” finds Del Rey ditching the languid ballads that marked her debut Born to Die for serene, mid-tempo disco, her vocals buoyant and flirtatious, but still heavy with melodrama. Del Rey’s shift to the dancier side of the pop spectrum, however, does make sense after Cedric Gervais’ stomping remix of “Summertime Sadness” became a runaway hit last year.
Details about Del Rey’s new album have been scarce, though recently the singer tweeted a photo of her and the Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach in the studio, writing, “Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence.” Auerbach’s exact role is still unclear, though a spokesperson for Del Rey confirmed to Rolling Stone that the two spent some time recording together in Nashville, where Auerbach’s studio is located.
Del Rey admitted last year that she was struggling with the follow-up to Born to Die, saying: “I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely — the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one. My muse is very fickle. She only comes to me sometimes, which is annoying.”
But it looks as though Del Rey’s creative tides have turned in recent months, and the singer could debut more new material during an upcoming North American tour, which kicks off April 11th at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and includes a headlining slot at Maryland’s Sweetlife Music and Food Festival on May 10th.
By Jon Blistein