The buzz surrounding the upcoming release of Lana Del Rey’s new album, Lust For Life is undeniable, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does the album showcase the Hollyweird starlet’s growth as an artist, it’s also packed with some seriously awesome guest artists, from The Weeknd to Stevie Nicks herself.
Lust For Life promises to be a trip that Team Lana can’t wait for. And while there is still a bit of waiting to be done, a few singles from the album have been dropped to give fans a taste of what they’re in for.
“Groupie Love” and “Summer Bummer” are the latest singles dropped, both featuring A$AP Rocky. The differences between the two are quite stark, while still managing to fit the musical styling that is Lana Del Rey.
“Groupie Love” is slow, dreamy, and whimsical. The ambient drone and etherial guitar riffs accompany Lana’s vocals, practically dripping with desire. Still, there’s a sense of innocence surrounding the song despite the occasionally sexual implication. The driving force here is clearly love, the kind that inspires belief in soul mates, mixed in with a sense of admiration reminiscent of Penny Lane from Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. A$AP Rocky’s verse is laced with almost as much love as Lana’s. He appreciates the dedication of “his girl,” and even finds the other fans annoying. While Del Rey may see herself in the light of a groupie, he sees her as something much more, and isn’t that every groupie’s dream?
On the flip side, “Summer Bummer” is sexually charged and cheeky. Even the album art presents a stark contrast between this single and the previously mentioned “Groupie Love.” With its heart based in the more hip-hop side of Del Rey’s persona, the beat driven track is overtly seductive and explicit in nature.
It’s a song about lust, of wanting that exciting summer hookup, and maybe something more come the start of cuffing season, but that’s hardly the main focus. A$AP Rocky’s more intermittent verses paint the picture in a very clear light. He has a girl, but that isn’t going to stop him for getting with Lana. This is a song about doing what feels good without any regrets, even if the intentions behind them are less than pure.
These songs together are basically the angel and devil sitting on the shoulders of the listener, and it seems to be intentional. “Groupie Love” and “Summer Bummer” show the two sides of affection; Love verses lust, and together they make an awesome addition to any Summer playlist.