Lana Del Rey has unveiled the official artwork for her upcoming poetry collection which, recently, has suffered setbacks in its release date.
Fresh from the overwhelming success of her most recent record Norman Fucking Rockwell! which included an accompanying major tour, Del Rey is not resting on her laurels and has two releases penned in.
Having already confirmed that her new project, White Hot Forever, will be released next year, Del Rey has confirmed the release of what will be the singer’s debut spoken word book called Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.
Del Rey said that “thoughts are meant to be shared” when announcing her new spoken word record, also confirming that it will be available to purchase for just $1 with half will go toward Native American organisations. According to Del Rey, she “wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my family lineage, I was encouraged to also try and connect with the country’s lineage—this was a while ago—and it kind of informed the next album that I’ve been working on.”
Now, the singer has also shared a first taster from her poem, ‘Happy’.
Lana Del Rey, Happy.
And when you call I put your sweater on,
and put you on speaker,
and chat for hours underneath the trees,
and think about the last time you were lying next to me,
how the noise from the cars got louder and louder during rush hour,
until it sounded like a river or a stream,
and it felt like we were swimming,
but it wasn’t just a dream,
we were just.
Discussing the new project in an announcement made via a video posted on her social media, she said: “I had a thought for a while about how I knew wanted the album to be around a dollar because I just love the idea that thoughts are meant to be shared and that they were priceless in some way, and there was a second part that I’d been thinking of before releasing it which was that I wanted half of what the spoken word is going for to benefit Native American organisations around the country, whether it was for preserving their rights or trying to help keep their land intact.”
She continued: “I had wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my own family lineage, I was encouraged to also try and connect with the country’s lineage—this was a while ago—and it kind of informed the next album that I’ve been working on. And I just really wanted to sort of pay homage to this country that I love so much by doing my own reparation, I guess I would say, my own reparative act.
“I know it’s an unusual choice, and I have no reasoning for it other than it just feels right to me, so as long as my spoken word album is distributed, half of it will be going to Native American organisations across North America.”
Now you can see the artwork, below.