It's official: the Queen of emotional gay men everywhere, Lana Del Rey, has just released the first single off her upcoming 2019 album. The song, titled "Mariners Apartment Complex", is a folksy, slow-burning ballad reminiscent of the darker rock influences that dominated her third album, Ultraviolence.
"Mariners Apartment Complex" is the first taste of what listeners can expect from her next LP project, which has been produced by Jack Antonoff of the Bleachers. In signature Lana Del Rey style, the singer croons about sadness and love—two subjects which would be a grave understatement to call "recurring motifs" throughout her body of work. The track represents a distancing from the orchestral sound the singer utilized in her first two albums, replacing the grandiose accompaniment with simple, acoustic mix of piano and guitar. While Lana has certainly always had a way with channeling emotion, but "Mariners Apartment Complex" is one of her most soulful, and nostalgic to date. The video shot entirely in black and white, is a referential nod to the simplicity of the VHS era, featuring a Southern Californian suburb as a backdrop.
But that's not all! While Lana lovers might still be reeling from the drop of "Mariners Apartment Complex", the singer plans on dropping the second single, "Venice Bitch", on Sept. 18th. Who knows what Lana's got up her sleeve?