The title track of the upcoming album aired on BBC Radio 1 tonight (19 April), on which the singer-songwriter also revealed the name of another song
On Mistajam’s session this evening, the radio station premiered Lana Del Rey’s latest track, Lust For Life, featuring Abel Tesfaye – better known as The Weeknd. Lust For Life plays as an epic pop anthem with chugging rhythms, swirling vocals and the catchy hook: ‘And a lust for life keeps us alive/ and a lust for life/ keeps us alive’.
The song contains some of Del Rey’s more commonly used motifs (cool boyfriends, etc.). Echoing the teaser trailer for Lust For Life, the lyrics touch upon dancing on the ‘H’ of the Hollywood sign.
She also revealed the title of another track on the upcoming album. Yosemite is a “laid-back” love song that the singer “did all in one take in the room”.
On the album, Del Rey said that it’ll contain a “bigger, richer sound”. She explained, “There’s a very loose kind of acoustic side to the record that I like. I think that I want to put out a couple more songs with a similar production to Lust For Life first.”
Earlier this week, in a conversation with Courtney Love for Dazed, Del Rey revealed that she’s collaborated with Sean Lennon on the track Tomorrow Never Came for the upcoming album. She said, “I had listened to his records over the years and I did think it was his vibe, so I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes, down to the mix.” On the session tonight, she stated, “It’s definitely one of my top three favourite tracks on the record.”
The release date for Del Rey’s forthcoming album is yet to be announced, with the singer having stated that it’ll be “coming soon”. She has, however, released a witchy teaser trailer and the single Love. Recently, she shared a snippet of a new song she wrote after spending the weekend at Coachella, watching tensions with North Korea mount.
Del Rey has also been confirmed for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull on 27 May.
Listen to the song in the player above.