Lana Del Rey is currently readying her upcoming album Lust for Life, and she has tapped fellow musical free spirit Stevie Nicks to collaborate on one of the tracks, reports Pitchfork. In addition to the former Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, Del Rey has also announced that the album will include tracks from The Weeknd and Sean Ono Lennon. Additionally, it will feature her already-released single, “Love”.
Of the album, she released a statement explaining, “I made my first four albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.” Del Rey announced the album on Facebook at the end of March with a video that was both magical and all too real. In it, Del Rey’s hologram appears, walking around a Hollywood home, while her voice provides the soundtrack, speaking of her process and hopes behind creating the new album. In the video she says, “Truthfully, when I’m in the middle of making a record, especially now when the world is in the middle of such a tumultuous period, I find I really need to take this space for myself, far away from real life, and consider what my contribution to the world should be.” The album is “coming soon,” but Del Rey has yet to provide any more info.
She is, however, dropping breadcrumbs for us to follow with each collaborator she announces. The latest might just be the best, however, as Del Rey, at 31 years old, is quite similar to Nicks at 68 in many ways. They may be of different generations, but both have embodied both the sound of Los Angeles and its alt-cultures. Nicks famously belonged to the Laurel Canyon music scene in California in the early 1970s, which valued authenticity—a subject deeply woven into Del Rey’s own narrative. When speaking to Courtney Love for an interview with Dazed, Del Rey pointed toward Laurel Canyon as inspiration, saying that when she started, “I wanted a band so badly…I really wanted that camaraderie. I actually didn’t even find that until a couple of years ago, I would say. I’ve been with my band for six years and they’re great, but I wished I had people—I fantasized about Laurel Canyon.”
There's also the fact that both have dabbled in witchy iconography. Del Rey recently announced she'd employ her own witchcraft to help in the resistahce against President Donald Trump. Nicks has also been followed by rumors she's dabbled in witchcraft dating back to her days in Fleetwood Mac (likely because the song "Rihannon" is about a mythical Welsh witch figure), and memorably sent up the rumors by appearing as an actual witch on American Horror Story: Coven.
In any event, the collaboration sounds like it could be absolutely magical.
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