As a self-professed Lana Del Rey superfan, I’ll confess that I found it hard to believe the 27-year-old songstress didn’t already have a track titled "West Coast." Her musical repertoire is already full of similarly succinct song titles ("Body Electric," "National Anthem" and "Blue Jeans" are among my personal favorites), and there’s no doubt she’s a bona fide California girl through and through.
I’ll also admit that the first time I listened to her new single "West Coast"—which debuted at Coachella over the weekend—I didn’t like it all that much. It seemed to lack the gradual swell and pithy lyricism that originally made me fall in love with her first album, Born to Die. But, I’m now on my ninth or tenth listen (let’s get a shoutout to all my fellow addictive personalities out there!), and my viewpoint has gradually shifted to something overwhelmingly positive.
Especially taking into account the black-and-white beachside video that plays on a loop throughout the official audio clip, "West Coast" is more of a hauntingly groovy interpretation—kind of Pink Floyd-y, at that—of Del Rey’s sensual voice. It’s certainly not as dramatic as The Great Gatsy‘s "Young and Beautiful" anthem, but every artist needs some degree of variation.
Check out the official audio video below, and let me know what you think of the new tune!