Heads up: The first official track off Lana Del Rey's forthcoming LP, Ultraviolence, has surfaced. "West Coast" is slinky, alluring, and all too Del Rey; she croons, she whispers, and she sings about "icons" and falling in love. She even brings back the Queen of Saigon from "National Anthem." Unlike "Meet Me By The Pale Moonlight," a poppy dance track that turned out to be four years old, this new material fits right in with the general brooding, disillusioned, Hollywood-glamour sound Del Rey has claimed as her own.
"West Coast" came packaged with a looped, black-and-white video in which Lana spins around a beach with that tattooed guy from her "Born to Die" and "Blue Jeans" vids. (He might've bleached his mop, but that hairline tattoo is a dead giveaway.) There aren't any of the light leaks or Super-8 effects that we've come to associate with the singer, but with a track as smooth and neo-retro as this, who needs it? We have a feeling we'll be switching on this song all summer, when the haze sets in and the dog days howl.