You are fifteen, in a cold room packed warm with people, “Front row, / Every show, / Like a hype man”, pressed against faceless bodies, none of which mean anything – for the next few hours, time itself is irrelevant. There is nothing but your ears and a voice; your being, the performance, and the distance in between; you and the silhouette on stage, brought to discernible life only when the overhead lights sweep across its feeling frame. The moment is transfigured. Everything else is transient and needless.
This is the all-too-familiar headspace Lana Del Rey’s latest drop, “Groupie Love feat. A$AP Rocky“, reminisces about and draws you into. The track belongs to her upcoming fifth studio album, Lust For Life, which is set for official release come July 21.
Attraction, and its attendant associations like sex, love, power, and narcissism has always been a convergence point with Lana’s musicality, no matter its many phases. Here, it’s a soul-folk-trap melange that gets her point across. And from it all beams an effusive self-confidence and surety that is new to her oeuvre. “It’s so sweet, / Swingin’ to the beat / When I know that you’re doing it / All for me,” she croons, her voice sultry and seductive, the tone both transfixed and transfixing, and almost tauntingly knowing.
For his part, Rocky plays so much more than second fiddle. He’s the match to Lana’s gushing oil wells and child-lipped, rose-eyed, ceaseless caresses of affection: The “You and I ’til the day we die” to her “It’s like magic, babe, isn’t life wonderful?” Gone are the dreary days of her Born to Die sadness. This summertime.