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