Lana Season approached last month with the release of “Honeymoon,” the title track off her next LP. Today, on Apple Music’s Beats 1, she premiered “High by the Beach,” what many are calling her catchiest track to date.
With “High by the Beach,” Del Rey has combined the best hip-hop-influenced moments from debut Born to Die with the heroin-drip beauty of Ultraviolence. The drums on the chorus are a far cry from Dan Auerbach’s guitar work, but have a similar slowness to them. And with the lyrics, she’s not completely exited the realm of lovelorn-yet-powerful mistress in which she thrives, but she’s gone from woeful to woah-full. She’s done waiting for him (whoever he may be). She never “bought into [his] bullshit.” She just wants to get high by the beach.