5 Brilliant Albums to Tide You Over Until the New Lana Del Rey Record Comes Out

Lana Del Rey’s sixth album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, is due out this year but no one seems quite sure when exactly. Lana Del Rey released “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch” last year, and at the end of 2018 even stated in an Instagram Live that the new album was “completely finished.”

I heard rumours of a March 29 release date for a while, especially with the release of LDR’s single “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it” in January, but the day rolled around and passed with no sign of Norman Fucking Rockwell. The latest guesses are that the new album will be released mid-2019, so we may be looking at a summer release? I’m hoping for it, but not counting on it.

So while Lana’s sixth album hovers somewhere in the ephemeral future, I thought I’d round-up some brilliant albums that you can listen to and love right now while you wait for Norman Fucking Rockwell. These 5 female artists all tap into a similar vibe to Lana Del Rey, so if you’re looking to expand your music rotation have a listen.

 

Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising

Recommended by Lana herself, Weyes Blood is the recording name of US artist Natalie Mering.

Titanic Rising plays on similar seventies vibes to Father John Misty’s God’s Favorite Customer, with a psychedelic, nostalgic serenity. She also reminds me of Bat For Lashes and Mitski, so if you’re a fan of either of them you should definitely check out her work.

Weyes Blood will also be opening for Kacey Musgraves on her tour later this year.

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Billie Marten – Feeding Seahorses by Hand

Singer-songwriter Billie Marten released her second LP last month, Feeding Seahorses By Hand. Yorkshire-born Billie Marten (real name Isabella Tweddle) has been writing and performing since she was a child, and released her first EP in 2014 when she was 15.

Billie Marten’s music is intricate indie-folk, slightly melancholic, and reminds me of Marika Hackman’s early work. Her track “Blue Sea, Red Sea” even featured as Annie Mac’s hottest record on BBC Radio 1 in 2018.

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Julia Jacklin – Crushing

Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s second LP, Crushing, was released in February 2019. The ominous pacing on opening track and lead single “Body” is stunning, and Jacklin’s storytelling pulls you straight into her perspective. 

Jacklin takes influence from country, folk and indie music and melds these into a hypnotic style. If you particularly enjoy Lana Del Rey’s lower vocal range you’ll love Jacklin’s vocal style.

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Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs

Stella Donnelly is the second Australian singer-songwriter on my list, equally fantastic but with a very different style to Julia Jacklin. Donnelly released her debut LP, Beware of the Dogs, in March. 

I love her humorous and tongue-in-cheek approach to tackling serious subjects, as is brilliantly demonstrated in the single “Old Man” and its accompanying music video. There’s a sense of pain and frustration, particularly linked to experiencing the world as a woman, but this is translated through a bold and confident vocal style and persona.

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Flo Morrissey – Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful

Flo Morrissey’s 2015 LP Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful is the only album on this list that wasn’t released this year, but it reminds me so much of Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon era that I felt like I had to include it.

Morrissey finds those beautiful soaring notes and lower depths in her vocals, and her music and style evoke a nostalgic late sixties/early seventies vibe.

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I hope that you enjoyed listening to these artists – let me know which albums you’ve been listening to and loving while we await Norman Fucking Rockwell! We’re hoping to do a livestream listening party when it finally comes out so stay tuned for that!

 

5 albums to tide you over

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