Not even that far off from "Chemtrails Over The Country Club" being released this past March, Lana Del Rey dropped three new singles off her upcoming project, "Blue Banisters." They include the title track, "Text Book," and "Wildflower Wildfire." All three songs seem to merge the worlds of "COCC" with "Norman Fucking Rockwell," specifically Lana's mouthful of a track "Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me To Have But I Have It." They also seem uncharacteristically more confessional than most of Lana's catalog to date, specifically "Wildflower Wildfire," which alludes to a conflict with her mother. She even starts the track with "Here's the deal," readying to show more of her backstory than she ever has in her decade-plus-long career. The three songs are gorgeous - especially "Text Book," which has a haunting quality to it (she mentions "Black Lives Matter" in the chorus, which feels slightly forced considering … well … the various controversies of this past year).
Personally, I'm quite taken with Lana's prowess as a songwriter (she can count Bruce Springsteen as one of her fans, which is PRETTY DAMN IMPRESSIVE.) These songs aren't the creme de la creme of her catalog, but they are each an accomplishment in their own right - and mirror her love/gradual move toward poetry.
And apparently the PicsArt album cover is here to stay, but at this point … well, whatever.
Check out "Text Book" below: