Lana Del Rey’s ‘Brooklyn Baby’ Is An Ode To Hipsters

Lana Del Rey is certainly excited to release her follow-up album to Born To Die next week. The sultry singer has been teasing tracks off her sophomore record all month, and her latest, “Brooklyn Baby,” can only be refered to as “a devotional to hipsters”.

In typical Lana fashion, a few of the memorable lyrics include “churning out novels like Beat poetry on amphetamines”; she later adds that she’s “talking about my generation.” The most hipster praise comes when the chorus hits, when Lana belts out:

“Well, my boyfriend’s in the band / He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed / I’ve got feathers in my hair / I get down to Beat poetry / And my jazz collection’s rare / I can play most anything / I’m a Brooklyn baby / I’m a Brooklyn baby”

The Huffington Post is quick to call the song and its lyrics more tongue-in-cheek than really an ode to hipsters, which is probably more accurate. The song is dreamy and sung in a typical breathy Lana voice, more reminiscent of a sweet 1960s girl-group anthem than anything that could be deemed overwhelmingly “Brooklyn hipster.”

The track is the fourth cut on Ultraviolence, which is out on June 17. The release of “Brooklyn Baby” closely follows the release of the title track, “Ultraviolence,” which Lana dropped on June 4 and, before that, “Shades of Cool” and the radio-friendly single “West Coast.” Other track titles include the interestingly named “Pretty When You Cry,” “Sad Girl,” and “F***ked My Way To The Top.” As previously reported, it looks like Lana is ready and eager for a comeback bigger than ever with Ultravolence.

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“She’s a true eccentric, and extremely talented,” says Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who worked on Ultraviolence with Lana. “She has a definite vision of what she is and what she wants to be, musically and visually, which is cool.” The two musicians met at a party when Dan invited Lana back to his Nashville studio; Lana then spent the next two weeks there, recording most of the record.

“Her demos were so good, her songs were so strong,” Auerbach continues. “I didn’t want to mess it up. She sang live with a seven-piece band. That’s the whole record — a seven-piece band with her singing live. It was crazy.”

You can hear more from Ultraviolence over on Lana’s YouTube page.

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