Lana Del Rey’s Ultra-Violence Gets Some Shine From Black Keys Frontman

Despite being dubious of the singer in 2012, Dan Auerbach signed on to produce her new record.

The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach is ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence — and when we say “ultra-violence,” we mean Lana Del Rey‘s upcoming record. It seems that the Grammy-winning producer is on board to work on Del Rey’s “A Clockwork Orange”-titled effort.

Thursday (February 20), the singer took to Instagram to share a snap of her mugging with Auerbach, writing, “Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence.” Del Rey revealed the title of the album in December at the Hollywood premiere of her short film “Tropico.”

The pairing is an interesting one, given statements made by The Black Keys singer to MTV News back in 2012 about the singer.

“On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that? We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up,’” Auerbach said. “But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.”

Well, two years have gone by and Del Rey is still holding strong, having scored a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for Paradise, among other honors.

Auerbach has previously produced for the likes of Dr. John, JEFF The Brotherhood and The Growlers, collaborations that portend an interesting fate for Ultra-Violence.

The Growler’s 2013 record, Hung At Heart, in particular, blended a melange of throwback sounds (surf and country included) with striking songwriting — a sensibility not foreign to Del Rey’s own patchwork of sound.

Purported leaks from the new record, the most recent being “Behind Closed Doors,” certainly point to a more playful — and perhaps more weird? — iteration of Lana Del Rey.

Still, we’re going to have wait a little longer to hear the final goods; word on the street is that Ultra-Violence will be dropping in May.

Bandmate Patrick Carney has also been producing for other acts lately, including the Black Lips’ upcoming album, Underneath The Rainbow.

Details on a followup to the band’s hit record El Camino are scant, but it looks as though it should be dropping this year.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter for news on cats and punk bands.
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