Apparently, rumors of Lana Del Rey’s departure from music last summer were greatly exaggerated. At least for now.
Wednesday night, at the Hollywood premiere of her 30-minute short film Tropico, Del Rey addressed the crowd: “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultra-Violence.” As has been her M.O., she gave no details about the upcoming record, leaving us with more questions than answers. But apparently, there is a new record coming. At some point.
Back in August, the singer set social media ablaze with a single, unexplained Tweet to her fans regarding the short film: “Looking forward to seeing you for the farewell project. I adore you and thank you for inspiring me. TROPICO.” Del Rey had also expressed frustration and discouragement concerning several leaked tracks which she claimed had been intended for the new record. These factors taken together created a buzz of speculation that perhaps the diva had decided enough was enough. But at the meet-and-greet prior to Tropico’s premiere, Del Rey’s remarks suggested that the “farewell” of Tropico is actually a closure of the Born to Die era in preparation for Ultraviolence.
And so…she keeps us guessing.
Tropico features three songs from Del Rey’s album Born to Die—Paradise Edition, and according to Stereogum, flows something like an extended music video. The film is scheduled to be available to stream on Lana Del Rey’s VEVO account at 11am EST Thursday.