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Lana Del Rey Releases New Single

Our review of the new melancholy ballad.

Lana Del Rey proves once again that she is the queen of spooky lo-fi piano ballads. Her new single,"Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but I have it" is as lyrically dense as the long-winded title suggests, beautifully following Del Rey through a consideration of fame, family, and womanhood. But what sets the song apart is the juxtaposition of the timeless ballad style sung in Del Rey's lilting voice, and the modern violence of her words.

It's an objectively pretty song, but more importantly, it commits to its own theatricality whole heartedly. It's perfectly stylized teenage angst forcing every listener to feel something of the pubescent-glory of a 15-year-old girl weeping into her pink bed spread, mourning everything and nothing. Its absurdly melodramatic, and yet somehow earnest and hopeful too.

Among the best lines are:

"I've been tearing around in my fucking nightgown/24/7 Sylvia Plath"

"Shaking my ass is the only thing that's/Got this black narcissist off my back/She couldn't care less, and I never cared more/So there's no more to say about that"

"Servin' up God in a burnt coffee pot for the triad/Hello, it's the most famous woman you know on the iPad/Calling from beyond the grave, I just wanna say, 'Hi, Dad.'"

Each line is written so informally they sound like viral tweets, but what the song lacks in grandiose language, it more than makes up for in concentration of feeling. Paired with the spooky, airy soundscape and perfectly minimal production, the poetry of the single creates an inescapable swell of nostalgia.

"Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but I have it" clads you in a silk, victorian-style nightgown, places you in a candle lit room with a baby grand piano...but then it covers the baby grand in lines of coke, hangs Taylor Lautner posters and cosmo clippings on the walls, and adds a strobe light. It's the perfect absurd teen anthem for this particular moment in time, and leaves us in anticipation of Lana Del Rey's upcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, expected out sometime this year.

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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Coyote Eyes Releases 'Rain'

The LA songstress combines her haunting voice with powerful lyricism.

Shervin Lainez

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Coyote Eyes, a.k.a. Jo Eubanks, is a singer, songwriter, and poet from New York City. She began training as a classical singer at age 11 and was dubbed a "young Sylvia Plath" by age 16 for her jarring poetry and memoir pieces.

Her premiere release, "Rain," mixes haunting vocals, evocative lyrics, and hypnotic beats to create a tragic and seductive soundscape. The singer says the song was born from a moment of deep sadness: "I wrote 'Rain' at 5am on one of those rare rainy mornings in LA. My Great Love had left me and I walked through the world like a zombie. For months. It was as I'd imagine coming off of heroin would be like: I would shake and cry and sweat and throw up and pass out and do it all over again. To this day I've never felt heartbreak – or love – like that. One day I turned over in bed next to my new lover and it just hit me – this emptiness, this hollowness. I grabbed a pen and listened to the rain. I would write a line then repeat to myself 'I can't do this,' then write another line and say it again."

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The song is reminiscent of a softer Evanescence or perhaps a darker Alanis Morissette, with powerful female vocals combined with lyrics about heartbreak and self empowerment.

But the world almost never got the chance to hear "Rain." Eubanks said, "I never intended on releasing this song. I never intended on recording it! It is truly one of the most private and vulnerable pieces of my soul and I intended on it remaining that way. But from that first moment in the studio with my producer I AM SNOW ANGEL (Julie Kathryn), I knew there was no going back. Julie is a trusted mentor and friend, and bringing this song to life with her was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life."

She learned an important lesson from the creation of "Rain", a lesson she hopes fans will take to heart. "When you feel something, get it out. Write it, paint it, sing it, play it. All too often we, myself included, run away from uncomfortable feelings and events. As hard as it is, that's where the magic, and the healing, begins."

For more from Coyote Eyes, follow her on Facebook, Soundcloud, or visit her Website.

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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Paciga, a self-described "theater geek and crazy Yale student," began piano lessons at age four, followed by musical theater in middle school. He recorded his first song in the eighth grade and, plague-ridden by the malady called music, hasn't slowed down since, dropping an EP and two albums in quick succession.

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