Photo by Ted Maider
Next week, Lana Del Rey will release her Dan Auerbach-produced third album, Ultraviolence. Among the 11 new tracks featured on the LP is a haunting, lo-fi ballad entitled “Brooklyn Baby”. As it turns out, the song wasn’t meant to be a solo affair, but rather a collaboration with legendary rocker Lou Reed. Unfortunately, the two never ended up sharing studio time because Reed passed away the same day they were scheduled to meet.
“I took the red eye, touched down at 7am…and two minutes later he died,” Del Rey recently told The Guardian.
She doesn’t say much else about the circumstances surrounding the track, but she also doesn’t seem all that fazed by death itself. In fact, throughout the same interview, Del Rey openly discusses mortality and even admits to seeing “an early death as glamorous”. She also bluntly tells reporter Tim Jonze, “I wish I was dead already,” while talking about Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
When Jonze tells her not to say such a thing, Del Rey responds rather matter-of-factly, “I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.” When questioned about what she meant exactly by this, she confessed, “Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but…”
On the plus, perhaps there is that Brian Wilson album to look forward to?
Below, listen to “Brooklyn Baby”: