Lana Del Rey Embraces the Dark Side of Disco in Her New Song

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
April 3 2014 2:17 PM

Lana Del Rey Embraces the Dark Side of Disco in Her New Song

456023535-lana-del-rey-performs-at-the-2014-breakthrough-prizes
Lana Del Rey, somber singer.

Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for MerchantCantos

The strains of disco that have infused so much of pop music lately have typically given off joyous, feel-good vibes (see, for example, “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” and many recent songs from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell). But no Lana Del Rey song is complete without at least a tinge of darkness at its core, and the disco-fied “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” her latest release, is no different. 

Del Rey’s familiar, often lugubrious vocals complement the lush orchestrations well, setting up the persona of a woman who serves “coke and fries” at a movie drive-in and isn’t “looking for true love tonight.” It’s unclear whether or not the song will appear on her next album, Ultraviolence, which could be released next month (the release date hasn’t been confirmed). But if Del Rey decides to delve a bit more into disco for the rest of the album, I wouldn’t mind.

Advertisement

(Via Spin.)

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

TODAY IN SLATE

The Slatest

Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

The legendary Washington Post editor presided over the paper’s Watergate coverage.

This Scene From All The President’s Men Captures Ben Bradlee’s Genius

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.
Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 3:13 PM Why Countries Make Human Rights Pledges They Have No Intention of Honoring
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 1:10 PM Women Are Still Losing Jobs for Getting Pregnant
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
  Arts
Behold
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 5:38 PM Justified Paranoia Citizenfour offers a look into the mind of Edward Snowden.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.