When Lana Del Rey premiered her short film Tropico, she also announced that her next album would be called Ultraviolence. There have been rumors this week that Giorgio Moroder is working on the record, but Lana herself just confirmed one major contributor: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. She posted the following message on Twitter and Instagram today:
Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence pic.twitter.com/aRAZYscwYd
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 20, 2014
On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that? We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up. But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.
Auerbach’s an accomplished producer; he won the 2013 Grammy for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical for his work on the Black Keys’ El Camino and projects by Dr. John and Hacienda and has worked with the likes of Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ray LaMontagne, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Bombino. But his gritty roots-rock temperament is pretty far cry from Del Rey’s glammed-up retro lounge queen persona, which makes Ultraviolence all the more intriguing.
Ultraviolence is expected out sometime this year via Interscope.