Honeymoon has arrived a little early in the US – scheduled for its autumn release on September 18th – the album was accidentally leaked one week ahead of schedule. The album is Lana Del Rey’s fourth, and listening to a few advance release singles and her album sampler – it is clear that Honeymoon fits right in to the Lana Del Rey catalogue and fans of her work will not be disappointed. The album gives us more of the sultry melodic pop we have come to expect from the artist. The fourteen track album delivers sleek vocals, smooth beats and even includes a dreamy cover of the classic Nina Simone song Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
Honeymoon is an immersive experience in sound that takes the listener to another place. Lana Del Rey’s music, with its melodic layered vocals and textures, has naturally, been categorized by some as belonging to the “dream pop” genre (in the good company of other talented artists such as Lykke Li, Imogen Heap and PJ Harvey). Del Rey’s songs to date, are all beautifully evocative and pleasantly ambient – often summoning a longing for the beach, the ocean, and summer. The four singles that received early release from her new album include, Honeymoon, Terrence Loves You, Music To Watch Boys To and High By The Beach.
Terrence Loves You is an enchanting dance that partners Del Rey’s layered vocals (at times, during this track, reminiscent of a young Jane Siberry) with the elegance of the piano. The titular track Honeymoon is a stripped-down, haunting vocal journey. Music To Watch Boys To and High By The Beach are transcendent songs that escort the listener on an afternoon daydream by the sea (think Summertime Sadness or West Coast) – songs that could easily be the – real or imagined – far away sound heard when you listen closely to a seashell pressed up against your ear.
A fitting fall release – as the weather cools, the boots and sweaters begin to replace our sandals and bikinis – Honeymoon will help us keep a little piece of summer alive.