Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Lana Del Rey gracefully unveils her new single ‘Arcadia’

Nobody quite captures wanderlust and heartache the way Lana Del Rey does, and her latest release, ‘Arcadia’, is a testament to that. 

Lana’s sound has undoubtedly matured throughout her career. Growing from the hyper-feminine, tragically romanticized odes to the naivety of youth that characterised her earlier work, ‘Arcadia’ shows the singer beginning to tell her story from a more realistic perspective. 

Her ethereal vocals are still accompanied by a delicate piano line – creating an angelic sense of tragedy – but themes of growth and acceptance also feature heavily on the track.

She entered the music scene in 2010 under the name Lizzy Grant, before reintroducing herself under the moniker Lana Del Rey two years later. Del Rey was a character she created as a medium to express herself, but it is a character she has since, incidentally, become. In this track, she truly lets the listener see into the inner workings of her mind, as it has been and as it will be in the years to come.


“They build me up three hundred feet tall just to tear me down” is an especially poignant line that alludes to the star’s experiences of Hollywood drama, heartbreak, and self-worth struggles. It also intriguingly references the music video for her 2019 single, ‘Doin’ Time’, in which she looms over Los Angeles as a giant version of herself. This subtle allusion to her previous work might represent a newfound self-assurance, a sense of confidence that defies her critics.


‘Arcadia’ is the beginning of yet another new chapter for Lana. As we eagerly await the release of ‘Blue Banisters’ in October, we can speculate about how the record might explore her story in the rawest sense yet. If this latest track is any indication of her creative direction for the album, then it promises to be a beautiful depiction of her life in the spotlight and is sure to be a success. We can’t wait to see what she does next.



Eloise Whitley


Image: Arcadia Official Single Artwork (PRESS)

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