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Lana Del Rey Casts a Spell With “Season of the Witch”

Lana Del Rey is treating fans to even more new music. The 34-year-old songstress will be releasing her sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, on August 30. She first began releasing singles from the upcoming album at the end of 2018, and she also revealed to fans that recording had wrapped. Del Rey will also be embarking on the North American leg of The Norman Fucking Rockwell! Tour in September.

In the meantime, Lana has released a cover of ’60s folk-rock band Donovan‘s hit song “Season of the Witch.” The cover is being featured in Guillermo Del Toro‘s new film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film was released on August 9 and the cover was officially released on the same day.

Lana’s cover is brimming with the singer’s sultry and classic sound. Her version is more jazz-influenced, fitting her style and making the song her own. The chorus is enchanting, with her vocals layered over each other. Layered vocals play a significant role throughout the track, adding to the mystical feel and warmth of her delivery. Del Rey delivers a beautiful falsetto in the bridge as the song builds to a fever pitch, before going back to its laid-back jazz club vibe.

The original version of “Season of the Witch” came off of Donovan’s album, Sunshine Superman, released in September 1966. Donovan’s version is played during the opening credits of Del Toro’s film. Del Rey’s version plays over the closing credits. In a statement, Del Toro said: “I have admired Lana’s music for a while now and felt in my gut that she would run with ‘Season of the Witch’ — that she would use her alchemy to transform it.” On August 6, the singer joined Del Toro during his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony.

Listen to Lana Del Rey’s cover of “Season of the Witch” HERE:

Featured Image: Instagram (@lanadelrey)

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