«When I dance I get bitched, when FKA does is art»
Capping an online controversy that has played out over the past few days, Lana Del Rey dropped a new spoken-word piece titled “Patent Leather Do-Over,” featuring music by Jack Antonoff, late Saturday.
In a follow-up Saturday post, the singer said the new piece would appear on “Behind the Iron Gates — Insights From an Institution,” the second of two spoken-word LPs she has recorded, and which she says is due in March; the singer previously announced her first spoken word album “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass,” as well as a follow-up to her Grammy-nominated album “Norman F—ing Rockwell,” which features extensive collaboration with Antonoff.
Lana Del Rey’s mellifluous lyrics have always felt a lot like poetry, and now the songstress is channeling that gift. She announced that on Jan. 4, she will be releasing a spoken word album, with half the proceeds going toward Native American organizations.
In an Instagram video on Thursday (Dec. 19), Del Rey noted that she “wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my family lineage, I was encouraged to also try and connect with the country’s lineage—this was a while ago—and it kind of informed the next album that I’ve been working on.”
The pop star broke the news in a “video note” posted to Instagram early on Friday (December 20), revealing that the album will be released January 4.
Del Rey began the message to her fans with the news that her book of poetry, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, “is taking a lot longer to handbind than I thought”. She had teased the volume with social media posts in April.
Though Del Rey didn’t specify the spoken word album’s title, she did say that she had for some time wanted the album to cost around a dollar, “because I just love the idea that thoughts are meant to be shared and you know, they were priceless in some way”.
“And I just really wanted to sort of pay homage to this country that I love so much by doing my own reparation, I guess I would say, my own reparative act,” she continued. “I know it’s an unusual choice, and I have no reasoning for it other than it just feels right to me, so as long as my spoken word album is distributed, half of it will be going to Native American organizations across North America.”