It’s only the second week of August, but that doesn’t mean anything to the department stores that loop back-to-school commercials or to the overeager grocery stores already displaying a gross amount of Halloween candy. So it’s kind of relieving to hear Lana Del Rey’s newly released single off her upcoming fourth album, Honeymoon, that’s about just wanting to chill and get “high by the beach.” The summer daze isn’t over, and Lana’s making sure we don’t forget that with this new track.
“High By the Beach” is a synth-heavy, slightly trap-led ballad. The track features Del Rey’s signature sound of dreamy, monotone vocals mixed with slight influences of hip hop and trippy indie (#tbt Born to Die). The combination of hip-hop percussions and orchestral influences creates a laidback, airy, and hazy feel to the song, which is actually perfect while Lana croons, “All I wanna do is get high by the beach/ Get high by the beach, get high.”
Instead of focusing on a dark, tumultuous relationship, Lana seems to be all about getting rid of a dude who’s killing the ~vibe~. First, she calls him out (“You could be a bad motherfucker/ But that don’t make you a man”) — okay, Lana, I see you. Then, she proceeds to rip him a new one (“The truth is I never/ Bought into your bullshit/ When you would pay tribute to me”). Finally, she tells him what she actually cares about (“All I wanna do is get high by the beach/ Get high by the beach, get high”) — get ’em, girrrl.
Lana’s made it clear she’s not about vibe-killers — so stop with the commercials and the candy, okay?