Lana Del Rey released her eighth studio album Blue Banisters on Friday, and just hours after it dropped she performed its single “Arcadia” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Shot in a remote location in black and white, the intimate performance kept its focus on Del Rey as she delivered the song’s introspective lyrics while piano played in the background.
Watch the mesmerizing clip below.
Blue Banisters is Lana Del Rey’s second album in seven months, following March’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club. She began teasing the project soon after the release of Chemtrails and shared three songs back in May (“Blue Banisters,” “Text Book,” “Wildflower Wildfire”) with the intention of a July 4th release. But the album was well worth the wait.
This collection of songs sees the singer-songwriter at her most honest and vulnerable. Before its release (and before she deactivated her social media accounts) Del Rey wrote of the album:
“As much as the ongoing criticism has been trying, it at least has pushed me to explore my own family tree, to dig deep, and to continue to exhibit the fact that God only cares about how I move through the world. And for all of the skepticism about feigning fragility and unreasonable explanations of not showing general accountability — I must say I’ve enjoyed moving through the world beautifully — as a woman with grace and dignity.”
Read SPIN‘s review of Blue Banisters here.