This morning, we unearthed our Lana Del Rey cover story straight from the glossy pages of The FADER’s Summer Music issue. Now that she’s made the vaguely psychedelic title track off Ultraviolence available for streaming, too, it’s starting to feel like some sort of LDR-themed holiday around here. Duncan Cooper briefly mentioned the song in his feature:
Over the years, four themes have come to define her lyrics, whichever the persona: indecisiveness, submissiveness, reverence for American icons and self-destructiveness, both within herself and the men she idolizes in song. It’s a lot of “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss),” and in fact, she quotes that infamous song unwinkingly on the title track of Ultraviolence, before continuing, You’re my cult leader, I love you forever, I love you forever.