Lana Del Rey Premieres "High By The Beach" & It's An Exciting Return To Her 'Born To Die' Sound — LISTEN

Over the weekend, pop songstress Lana Del Rey's new single, "High By the Beach," leaked online. The mid-tempo breakup track is a return to the hip-hop beats and '50s flair that made the now 30-year-old artist's debut effort, Born to Die, so intriguing — and I think it's a big step in the right direction. For me, Del Rey's music lost a bit of its edge on her sophomore LP, Ultraviolence. "High By the Beach," which will presumably appear on the "Video Games" singer's upcoming new album, Honeymoon (due out in September), has me excited about her material once more.

On the verses to "High By the Beach," Del Rey explains to her man that things just aren't working out:

I look at you, lookin' at me

I know you don't understand

You could be a bad motherfucker

But that don't make you a man

Now you're just another one of my probelms

Because you got out of hand

We won't survive

We're sinking into the sand

On the chorus, she sings:

All I wanna do is get high by the beach

Get high by the beach, get high

All I wanna do is get by by the beach

Get by baby, baby, bye-bye

The truth is I never bought into your bullshit

When you would pay tribute to me 'cause I know that

All I wanted to do was get high by the beach

Get high baby, baby, bye-bye

In July, Del Rey revealed on Instagram that Honeymoon features 14 tracks in total, "some with a muddy trap energy" (like "High By the Beach") and "some inspired by late-night Miles Davis drives." Though I'm not a big fan of the forthcoming album's title track — a dreary, lethargic ballad that doesn't know when to end — it sounds as though I have more Born to Die–esque songs to look forward to. What excellent news.

"High By the Beach" hits iTunes on Aug. 12.

Image: Interscope Records