After a lot teasing, Lana Del Rey’s first poetry launch ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ is lastly right here. “They’re eclectic and sincere and never attempting to be something aside from what they’re,” the musician has stated of the poems that characteristic on the spoken phrase launch (a hardcover guide that includes extra of her written work will comply with on September 29).
It’s an interesting mission – one which sees her discover matters comparable to love, belief, happiness, friendship, local weather change and extra, with the audiobook model set to music composed by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. She pulls off these musings and observations brilliantly, creating a brand new offshoot of the very particular world she’s created as Lana Del Rey. Listed here are the most important speaking factors from the report.
‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ is stuffed with vibrant little particulars
It’s no shock that Lana’s poetry is gorgeous and vivid – she’s all the time been a grasp lyricist and lengthy spoken of her love of the likes of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, in spite of everything. What makes ‘Violet…’ so sensible, although, are the little particulars that mild up her passages, giving glimpses into her (or another person’s) life. There’s the boyfriend field filled with receipts and film tickets from previous loves misplaced, the orchids planted within the backyard each time a relationship dies. The flying classes filled with self-doubt and the crusing classes she’s self-conscious to start in case individuals recognise her and inform her she doesn’t belong down on the docks of California’s Marina Del Rey (after all!). Treehouses constructed by individuals lengthy lifeless burn down in forest fires and quiet waiters ready to be picked up in Lana’s truck after work. These are vibrant, three-dimensional vignettes to burrow into.
Jack Antonoff’s musical backings are the proper accompaniments
Her writing and producing associate on 2019 album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’ is a superb collaborator – his backings creating the proper ambiance for Lana’s tales, accompanying her with mushy, smoky jazz lilts or, as with ‘Naked Ft On The Linoleum’’s discordant, chaotic layers of strings. The tone-setting takes are simply as necessary to the ‘Violet…’ expertise as Lana’s phrases themselves – an excessive amount of or too little would throw the entire stability off, however these foundations get it excellent.
It’s an extremely intimate hear
When you’ve ever wished to have Lana learn you a bedtime story, this audiobook is your likelihood. Her supply is soothing and calm, by some means even when her voice is quickening and contorting with emotion. Typically the mic crackles like she’s slightly too near it and different occasions there’s a lo-fi sheen over the entire recording. On last observe ‘Naked Ft On Linoleum’, a cacophony of voices clamour behind Lana, as if you’re sat within the nook of a busy dive bar or stood in a TV store with the amount on each set turned up. The consequences of every are a comfy type of intimacy, as if she’s laying out these tales only for you.
There are some overlaps with ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’
Pay attention rigorously all through ‘Violet…’ and also you’ll discover some little nods to ‘NFR!’. That is smart – a few of these poems have been written whereas Lana was engaged on that album. On ‘Paradise Is Very Fragile’, the musician-turned-poet addresses local weather change and the Trump presidency, as she did on ‘The Biggest’. “My buddies inform me to cease calling 911 on the tradition,” she says at one level, a line paying homage to that track’s lyrics. She mentions a “silly residence complicated” on ‘Sport Cruiser’ (maybe the identical one from ‘Mariners Residence Advanced’?) and, on guitar-backed ‘By no means To Heaven’, she delves into the ideas of hope and happiness and having religion in good, as with ‘NFR! observe ‘Hope Is A Harmful Factor For A Lady Like Me To Have – however I Have It’. Maybe when her subsequent album ‘Chemtrails Over The Nation Membership’ is launched in September we’ll discover extra Easter eggs in there too.
Might it win Lana her first Grammy?
She may need been nominated for the Grammys 5 occasions through the years, however by some means Lana continues to be but to take dwelling a kind of golden gramophones. In a simply world (or at the least one the place she wasn’t up in opposition to Billie Eilish), she would have headed as much as the winner’s podium for the primary time this yr to say Album Of The Yr for ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’, but it surely wasn’t to be. ‘Violet…’ may take her on an sudden path to her first Grammy, although – there’s a Greatest Spoken Phrase Album class, in spite of everything. The audiobook was launched inside the eligibility interval for the 2021 awards and would make her the youngest winner of the award in fairly a while (current victors embrace Michelle Obama, former US President Jimmy Carter and Joan Rivers). It’s definitely adequate to take dwelling the honour.
Who’s Tessa DiPietro?
Though a few of ‘Violet…’’s characters are named, there’s just one whose full title additionally serves because the title of 1 poem: Tessa DiPietro. The titular lady is an actual particular person – “a healer on Sixth Avenue in Ridgely” who Lana has visited. This isn’t first time she’s referenced Tessa. although. Final July Lana shared a Fb submit of some guide and audiobook suggestions together with her followers. “Thanks to Tessa DiPietro, an implausible intuitive healer for recommending this some time in the past,” she wrote of Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ religious 2011 textual content Untie The Robust Lady.
Lana desires you to know she’s wealthy in happiness
When NME met up with Lana in LA final August, she spoke concerning the notion of her as a “unhappy woman” and argued that permitting herself to really feel these lows “typically makes me really extra cheerful than some individuals I do know, as a result of I gave myself permission to have a whole lot of colors”. On the brand new poem ‘Blissful’, she reinforces that concept that, whereas she’s not only one factor, she’s additionally not the completely blue caricature individuals understand her as. “Individuals assume that I’m wealthy and I’m / However not how they assume,” she says. “I’ve a truck with a gold keychain within the ignition / And on the again it says, ‘Blissful, joyous and free’ / Blissful.”
She’s donating “a considerable portion of the proceeds” to Native American organisations
Lana has spoken many occasions about desirous to make reparations to the Native American neighborhood and he or she’s doing so with the discharge of ‘Violet…’. “A considerable portion of the proceeds” of the gathering will go to teams of her selecting, she’s stated, to assist them “hold their land” and “protect their rights”.
She advised Stereogum final yr: “I simply actually wished to form of pay homage to the nation that I like a lot by doing my very own reparation… my very own reparative act…. I do know it’s a little bit of an uncommon selection, and I’ve no reasoning for it aside from it simply feels proper to me.” In a press release launched alongside ‘Violet…’, she added she was donating to the Native American neighborhood specifically as a result of “of the experiences that I’ve had which have drastically formed my very own life course”.
– ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ is out now