Lana Del Rey premiered a glamorous, sensual new ode, “Salvatore,” on BBC 1, marking the latest offering from the singer’s upcoming album, Honeymoon, out this Friday, September 18th.
From its title to its marching drums and swelling, aching string melody, “Salvatore” has a classic Italian feel, and Del Rey’s breathy, delicate vocals bring a strong sense of cinematic nostalgia to the lyrics.
Still, Del Rey injects the song with contemporary signifiers, crooning “On the downtown scenes, baby blue / Beatboxing and rapping in the summer rain / Like a boss, he sang jazz and blues.”
Speaking with BBC DJ Huw Stephens, Del Rey described “Salvatore” as “the most different from all the other tracks on the record. It has a little bit of an old world Italian feel, it’s kind of a weirder song, but I love the chorus.”
“Salvatore” follows previously released Honeymoon songs including the title cut, “Music to Watch Boys To,” “High by the Beach” and “Terrance Loves You.” Honeymoon follows Del Rey’s third studio offering, 2014’s Ultraviolence, as well the two tracks she penned for the Big Eyes soundtrack, including the Golden Globe-nominated title song.
Honeymoon was recorded with producers Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzies and includes a cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” In an interview with Billboard in January, Del Rey said of the LP, “It’s very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise. It’s growing into something I really like. I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one. It’s been good.”
Del Rey spent much of the summer on the road, touring with Courtney Love in May and with Grimes in June. While those dates were technically in support of Ultraviolence, Del Rey has yet to announce touring plans for Honeymoon.