The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey teamed up on 2015's brooding "Prisoner," a song from his excellent Beauty Behind the Madness. The new king and queen of gloom join forces once again on recently-released Starboy. The resulting "Stargirl Interlude" is as sultry as it is short.
Opening with the sexy, reverberating guitar sound Del Rey is known for, the song relies on the hypnotic, looping guitar and a simple percussion that frames her voice in a beautiful, bare-bones style. Del Rey sticks to her guns, evoking lust and heartbreak and completely enveloping the listener as she croons about her starboy, and the pain and pleasure he causes her: "And I shouldn't cry, but I love it, starboy." The Weeknd comes in near the end of the song about how he "just wants to see [her] shine" as the song fades into guitar-heavy Kendrick Lamar feature, "Sidewalks." For a song so monumental and atmospheric, it comes as a surprise that it clocks in at just under two minutes.
The Weeknd has recently said that Del Rey is "one of his closest friend in the industry", a fun-loving camaraderie that is evident in a video Del Rey posted to her Instagram the day the album was released, where she's dancing and lip-synching to the song in her kitchen. Scratching her kitchen countertop along to the song's opening lyrics—"I had a vision / A vision of my nails in the kitchen"—and pouting her lips at the camera, Del Rey embodies the song's seductive energy in a funny, intimate little picture of her life. I imagine making omelettes with Del Rey and The Weeknd would look something like a French silent film.
Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone put it best:
Listen to "Stargirl Interlude" below, and get The Weeknd's Starboy.