After teasing it on Instagram, notoriously mysterious minx that she is, Lana Del Rey has finally unveiled summer jam one of two.
The Jack Antonoff-produced new single "Mariners Apartment Complex" is a dreamy, piano-infused rock ballad about the power of forgiveness and second chances. "You're lost at sea, then I'll command your boat to me again/ Don't look too far, right where you are, that's where I am/ I'm your man," Del Rey sings over dramatic strings, sounding like a devotee of the Elton John Songbook (she even name-checks "Candle In the Wind," before calling herself a "Venice bitch," because of course she does. Also: "Venice Bitch" is the name of her second single out September 18). Sonically, the new single feels like a cross between the forlorn Americana rock of Ultraviolence mixed with her decidedly more outward looking ethos on last year's Lust For Life, so there's a little something for everyone.
In the cinematic black-and-white clip, Lana and her Lust For Life Tour backup dancers (I know, I'm obsessed; I've committed to memory the lazy-sexy choreography to "Cherry" and "White Mustang") play with butterflies and wander down California streets amid shots of whirlpools in the ocean. Because of course, Lana is nothing without a heavily sedated mood.
Anyway, we love this and it may be included on a new album (due next year, according to a press release), but let's just say that the prolific LDR probably already has something else major in the can. Meantime, we'll keep our ears and hearts open for end-of-summer jam number two.