Kids are playing in the garden. Ladies dressed in all white don chunky pearls and sit around a swimming pond. The night moves forward and tulle dresses turn to beaded lingerie as women dance and pray to a blue fire. Light flashes in their eyes and the whole world is turned upside down. A bright red racing ford runs off the road. A werewolf stalks through thorn bushes as Lana Del Rey melodizes over an old-school drum track. A tornado lifts up and twists the whole scene. She sings of the nothings of everyday life, and the unhinged electritness of her mind, the fight between them, and the duality of her life.
This is the first glimpse we are getting into the visual and sonical world of Lana Del Ray’s upcoming 7th studio album “Chemtrails over The Country Club”. The first single by the same name was released on January 12 with an accompanied music video.
Lana notes that this album will be built on western music inspiration, while juxtaposed with the glam of her visual 1950’s aesthetic. She cited the album to be a step away from her long-standing themes of lost, gritty and new love. Her new muse is her girlfriends and family, Lana told Interview magazine in September 2020, “I hear Chemtrails and I think ‘work,’ but I also think of my stunning girlfriends, who so much of the album is about, and my beautiful siblings,”. This serves as a new era for her songwriting that was alluded to on her last full length project ‘Norman F**king Rockwell’.
The lyrics follow Lana through her daily life in suburban LA, she goes to the garden, cleaning her clothes and meeting friends down by the river. There is a sense of normalcy, away from her previous time as a troubled singer in the early days of her career. That normality is questioned throughout the track, the true nature of her mind is revealed to never be at peace. She croons over a verse “It’s beautiful, LSD, settles down over me, I’m not bored or unhappy, I’m still so strange and wild”. Lana mentions using LSD to cope with her electric mind. She spoke about the term chemtrails, “It’s about the eccentric, overactive mind, wanting to be normal but you cannot”.
Following her announcement of the project on December 18 a track list and set release date was announced for late March, along with her second poetry book by the same name. She announced that it will be followed by a second single “White Dress” in mid-february. The Album was produced by her frequent collaborator Jack Antanoff, who also produced Taylor Swift’s sister albums ‘evermore’ and ‘Folklore’ of 2020 and Lorde’s 2019 ‘Melodrama’.