With debut album 'Born To Die' providing pop with an arch new template, Lana Del Rey faces considerable pressure on new album 'Ultraviolence'.
Recorded with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, the album promises to be one of 2014's most dissected releases.
Giving a handful of interviews, Auerbach has opened up about the stresses and strains of studio life. Speaking to MOJO, the singer said: "We were only scheduled to do three days, and then she stretched it out to two weeks and we finished a whole record. She's the real deal."
"She impressed me every day" he continued. "There were moments when she was fighting me. I could sense that maybe she didn't want to have anybody think she wasn't in control because I'm sure it's really hard to be a woman in the music business. So we bumped heads a little bit, but at the end of the day we were dancing to the songs."
Elsewhere, during an interview with Rolling Stone the Black Keys frontman opened up about his admiration for Lana Del Rey's artistic leanings. "She has a definite vision of what she is and what she wants to be, musically and visually, which is cool. Patrick Carney (The Black Keys, drummer) and I have always just been, like, 'You can take our photo, I guess,' but she just like looks at this whole thing as this big art project that she gets to do, which is great."
Continuing, Dan Auerbach explained that the final recordings don't differ too drastically from Lana Del Rey's initial sketches. "Her demos were so good, her songs were so strong that I wanted to get my musicians in who I love and get my sound that I get here with her songs and that's it. I didn't want to mess it up," he said. "She sang live with a seven-piece band. That's the whole record – a seven-piece band with her singing live. It was crazy."