Lana Del Rey Talks About ‘Big Eyes’ + Her Next Album, ‘Honeymoon’
Lana Del Rey is coming off a big year, one that saw her release her successful sophomore effort, ‘Ultraviolence.’ Now, the smoky songstress says she already has nine tracks and a cover lined up for her follow-up. Del Rey’s next album is still a ways off from a release date, but she says it will be called, ‘Honeymoon.’
Since ‘Ultraviolence’ arrived last year, Del Rey has written her second and third songs for the big screen. ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘I Can Fly’ appear in Tim Burton’s latest film about artist Margaret Keane, which is also titled, ‘Big Eyes.’ It follows the singer-songwriter's work on Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ which culminated in the single, ‘Young and Beautiful.’
Del Rey told Billboard that Harvey Weinstein asked her to work on ‘Big Eyes,’ knowing she’s a big fan of director Tim Burton’s work.
“Tim was nice enough to listen to it, and he liked it,” she said in the interview.
As far as her process for the song goes, the ‘Ultraviolence’ singer said, “Melodically, it was something that came quickly to me and I liked the idea of trumpets coming in for the chorus, making it a little bit weird and jazzy.”
Del Rey says that jazz influence will again work its way into her next album, ‘Honeymoon.’
“It’s very different from [‘Ultraviolence’] and similar to the first two, ‘Born to Die and ‘Paradise,” she explained. “I finished [‘Ultraviolence’] in March and released it in June, and I had a follow-up idea. It’s growing into something I really like. I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more nourish feel for this one. It’s been good.”
While we try to wrap our brains around Lana Del Rey going even more noir, we can try to guess what that might sound like, judging by the cover she’s chosen for her third full-length: the Nina Simone version of ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.’
“After doing a cover of [Jessie Mae Robinson’s] ‘The Other Woman’ [for ‘Ultraviolence’], I like summarizing the record with a jazz song,” she said. “I’m having fun with my interpretation.”