Hear Lana Del Rey Sing About Gelato On Italian-Tinged “Salvatore”

Carl Williott | September 15, 2015 1:31 pm

Lana Del Rey‘s debut album Born To Die was all hip-hop swagger, cutesy vocal quirks and orchestral pop grandeur. Paradise refined her aesthetic by injecting even more dourness into even more sweeping arrangements, while trimming the overwrought “gangster Nancy Sinatra” posturing. Ultraviolence moved even further from the sounds of mainstream pop, luxuriating in a sun-damaged Tarantino-pop haze. But Honeymoon is shaping up to be Lana’s least commercial offering yet, a slow-motion spiral of billowy strings and mopey vocals meant to evoke some hyper-stylized noir-pop lounge scene that never existed, like The Spoils Before Dying but earnest.

The latest exhibit is “Salvatore,” probably the final preview of the album we’ll get before it drops on Friday (September 18). The song premiered on BBC and it is thoroughly ridiculous. It’s built on a delicate Godfather-hip-hop arrangement, and in keeping with that Italian theme, LDR sings a few lines in the old language. She also sings about “soft ice cream” and limousines, and gets into a melody reminiscent of “Careless Whisper” in the bridge.

Hear it below.