The queen of sad girls has made headline after headline in 2020, from Notes app rants dragging her contemporaries and the media, to this weekend’s mesh mask faux-pas.
Last week the Americana obsessed singer ushered in the arrival of her new spoken-poetry project, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, surprising fans with an appearance at Barnes and Noble where she donned some not-so-protective PPE to read excerpts from the book. However, as we’ve learned from all of this year’s insane curveballs, this isn’t the only offering we should be expect from Ms. Del Rey.
If you’re a true Lipster, you may remember the singer’s tweets just a day after the release of 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell when we were well and truly in our bags. Rey was fully in the zone, already in the throws of forming her eighth studio album before taking her current one on tour. The project, originally titled White Hot Forever, was slated for release in September this year, but towards the end of March, when Rey began teasing details about the album on her Instagram, she began referring to the project with a newer, and fittingly barmier title instead – Chemtrails Over The Country Club.
In the months that followed she’d go onto reveal some of the album’s hauntingly classic song titles, such as “Let Me Love You Like a Woman”, and “Tulsa Jesus Freak”. After July, however, things went relatively quiet on the project, aside from a teaser visual from BTS of the album’s titletrack, and when October rolled around with not so much as a single, fans began to grow testy (poetry albums aren’t for everyone I guess). The singer has since confirmed that the September release date isn’t looking likely (what with it being October), citing delays in vinyl production and deliberation on the inclusion of potential track 8 – “Dealer” – as the main reasons for the move.
"Chemtrails Over The Country Club comes out September 5th" pic.twitter.com/lBNimOf5A7
— Joshua (@j_o_s_s_s_h) October 1, 2020
SHORT FILM FOR CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB??? OMG pic.twitter.com/nERjJTjBJc
— tommy (@ultrovioIence) September 29, 2020
Now tentatively being pushed for a December release, what exactly should we expect from CTOCC? We’re hedging our bets on some hazy, pastel loving artwork, possibly from Neil Krug who we all know and love from Ultraviolence. Her interview with producer and BFF Jack Antonoff touched on the projects country and new-folk influences, which are sure to be entrancing if his work on T-Swift’s Folklore is anything to go by. We may even get shouty Lana on “Dealer”, a chaotic track proving the singer is totally bonkers, one fan even started a petition, with 15 signee’s so far, for it’s inclusion on the album. If you need any more ideas Lana, please resurrect “Hollywood”, for scientific purposes of course…
For now, though, it looks like we’ll continue to bump NFR on repeat until some more crumbs drop, which may be sooner than we think…