hi!!! can you tell me the differences of the production between all the albums lana has made? idk why they're all so different but same i want more of an insight of how the process was for each one
Born To Die had tight production, tight vocals & I’m sure multiple vocal takes. Heavy beats that sort of overpowered the songs. Produced by Dan Heath, Rick Nowels, Emile Haynie, Justin Parker, Chris Braide, Robopop, & more.
“It has a good mix of really heavy beats, and I’ve been working with The Philadelphia Orchestra. There’s beautiful, lush string sections.”
“in the end, you focus on keeping the songs, the words, the production as good as you want it to be.”
‘I’ve been thinking lately about French influences and hip-hop influences for my record, so I’m going to say “ghetto Monégasque”’ [from Monaco]. “
it’s just beautiful – it’s just strings and beats.“ “I wrote Blue Jeans very quickly at the beach in Santa Monica, and there I knew that that would be the vibe of the album: summery and dark at the same time, the joy of the summer light and the sureness that it wouldn’t last. I immediately knew that Video Games would be an important song for me, it gave a sequel to Yayo, my first record’s last song that I loved.”
Paradise had lush production along with a few of the same producers. She said it was sort of summing up living at the Chateau Marmont and that time in her life and that it was summery.
“I ask them, for example, that the chords sound like American Beauty meets Bruce Springsteen in Miami. Or I tell them “Think of a high school girl who escapes to get high.“
“I like that it feels more lush and tropical, and I like that it has more of a Pacific Coast sound at times, like “Gods & Monsters”. “I write the words and melody and they write all the chords and music. And then Dan Heath comes in for the string arrangements, after which Emile puts in the beats and soundscaping, like birds and bells.”
Ultraviolence - was more stripped back and with a live band in the studio.
“The thing about Dan is that he comes from that DIY place and actually so do I, in a way. So there was a sense of freedom from working with him. I think the fact that we felt really free translated into this early Seventies sound, especially with his wah-wah guitars.”
“He was just gonna do this thing with his friends from Brooklyn down at his house in Nashville. It was a very grounding, but also very free experience.”“I wanted to make a record that was sort of this mix of beautiful jazz undertones and a West Coast fusion, kind of inspired by the Eagles and the Beach Boys and this sort of Laurel Canyon revival thing that was happening in the ’70s.”
“The way you heard it recorded is the way I freestyled it. I made it up on the spot with my guitar player and left it as it was with that session drummer, and just called it a day on that song. Like the vocal inflection has its own narrative, it’s not all lyric drive, it’s just kind of moments in time that are meaningful to me left as they were, kind of untouched. The fact that I didn’t go back and try to sing it better is really the story of that song, because that’s sort of me revealing to you a facet of myself: I don’t care that it’s not perfect. That’s why that song is more important in that way than what I’m actually saying.” - Lana on PWYC
“From how great the songs were to how confident she is as a musician to her fucking singing every song live, with a handheld microphone and a seven-piece band.” Dan on UV
“I guess the first thing that was going on was that I really wanted to have one more record out that was able to speak for me, even if I wasn’t in a place where I felt like speaking about myself. Aside from that I was happy and not really feeling like the album needed to be too cathartic. It felt like a good time to have fun with some elements of psychedelia and surrealism, production-wise.”
Kieron Menzies & Rick Nowels instead of Mark Ronson. “I was going to work with Mark but, you know, his single was so big. He stopped by in town for about three days but as soon as he came he had to leave… we tried but he didn’t have too much time.”
“Hopefully my next foray will be into jazz. I feel like I’m getting there with songs like ‘Shades of Cool’ and ‘Cruel World’ and a cover of ‘The Other Woman’ by Nina Simone. I’m inching towards what I really love, which is kind of a Chet Baker, Nina Simone-inspired sound. It’s hard to get that sound because you need great jazz musicians.”
“The production is perfect; I’m looking for a few more songs to tie everything together,” she tells the publication, while also letting slip that a cover of the standard “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” which was first recorded by Nina Simone. “It’s growing into something I really like,” Lana said on the new album’s direction. “I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one. It’s been good.”
The album was planned to have -
“majestic choruses, beautiful orchestrations, a type of 50s vibe with a bit of soft grunge”
inspiration from Mark Ryden, Fellini and Picasso for more surrealist, colorful songs
a “strong jazzy influence”
“When I started working on the new album three months after Ultraviolence, it first sounded like a Jazz album. Then, in winter, after three quarters of the record were done, we played with muddy trap beats, and tried how they would fit the tracks.” The instruments used on Honeymoon (x)
This is a Euro-Centric classification, which I have chosen not to be racist or xenophobic, but because it’s a helpful general classification. Wikipedia has a great list of culture/region specific eras here.
Ancient Era (4000 B.C. - 476 A.D.) - The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, Pompeii, Rome, Cleopatra, Spartacus, Tut
Medieval Era (476-1450) - The White Queen, Vikings, Mists of Avalon, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood
The Renaissance Era (1450-1600) - The Tudors, The Borgias, Richard III, Shōgun, Dangerous Beauty
The Future - Firefly, Interstellar, The Hunger Games, The 100, Star Trek, Terra Nova
What are your favorite TV shows and movies from each different era? Feel free to comment or re-blog with additions! :)
misschienmaaltijd asked: why are your eras so euro-centric?
WQA said: this is a fairly common general way of listing historic periods. Although “Georgian, Regency, and Victorian” are all specific to the U.K., the costume, culture, and politics that define those periods weren’t just confined to Europe. Here’s a great list on wikipedia which covers the time periods in all their different classifications.
The following came in by fan-mail, but I’m Anon-ing it because I’m not sure if it was meant to be shared, but I super appreciate it.
Anonymous said: Not sure why misschienmaaltijd calls you guys racist just because your list doesn’t contain every culture-specific time period classification? The pictures contain people from a variety of races. And isn’t this blog run by Americans? I would kind of expect it to be American/European centric?
nothing is more confusing to me than seeing David transitioning between eras. Yes of course this is between Earthling and ‘hours…’ but why does he look like a mixture of Outside and ‘hours…’ this is not right