So this week Midnight Heartbeat has had a much-needed makeover because I feel I owe it to this blog and my readers to make a change. Those of you who have been following me all these years or have just started doing so, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If I’m being honest, I had simply lost the inspiration to continue posting on Midnight Heartbeat. I think the web take-over of click-bait content has destroyed the traditional idea of blogging; there isn’t much deep reflection or authentic reviews of things, and all you see are flashing pictures, quizzes and lists. Not that I don’t enjoy those too, it’s just a little hard to compete with.
But just last week I was thinking about why I started this blog and why I was so passionate about it. I wanted to share music and it’s artists with everyone. I wanted to put my thoughts out there and have discussions, learn from my readers in return and basically create a place where I could fangirl in happiness. It’s not about being an internet sensation, (although that would be awesome) it’s about sharing good music. And thinking about that finally knocked some sense into my head. I was very happy when I was super active with Midnight Heartbeat and I want that happiness back. I would like to end my ramblings here and welcome this blog back by talking a little about one of my favourites, Lana Del Rey.
She’s coming out with a brand new album titled Honeymoon and so far the songs she has released have that signature dream-like Americana theatricality that Lana’s fans are familiar with. She seems to be exploring a more 70s vibe with the visuals in this album so far, and it’s pretty fantastic.
It’s clear by the single ‘High By The Beach’ that the sound of the album will involve more bass and the track ‘Freak’ from the Honeymoon sampler she released this week reinforces this.
I loved ‘Freak’ a lot more than the title track ‘Honeymoon’, and I’m waiting desperately for Lana to release the entire song. ‘Music To Watch Boys To’ is the latest release from Lana’s YouTube channel and it is satisfyingly dreamy and luscious in equal proportions.
Lana inspires a lot of my writing and it’s incredible how her very personality creates a vintage feel around her. There are also very few artists with the vocal range and abilities Lana has, even fewer nowadays who have songs that raise questions about life, death and the very volcanic nature of love.
Although Born to Die will forever remain my favourite Lana album in terms of sound, lyrics and cinematography of the music videos, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with Honeymoon. Ultraviolence fell a little below my expectations, but it was almost impossible not to after the bar Born to Die set.
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