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The first huge duet of 2018 has arrived thanks to BØRNS and Lana Del Rey. “God Save Our Young Blood” is the new single from American singer and songwriter BØRNS, who teamed up with Lana Del Rey for the lead single from their upcoming second studio album Blue Madonna. Set to be released on January 12, Blue Madonna marks BØRNS’ first album since 2015’s Dopamine, which featured the breakout hit “Electric Love.”
With “God Save Our Young Blood,” the pair make the perfect romantic soundtrack filled with dreamy notes and synths to create an earworm that will stay with fans long after their first listen.
Matt Wilkinson’s World Record on Beats 1 featured “God Save The Young Blood” this week and Wilkinson spoke with BØRNS about working with Del Rey, whose fifth album Lust For Life was released in 2017. “We met virtually before we met face to face I guess that’s how it is these days,” said BØRNS about meeting Del Rey. “The first time we met we FaceTimed and then I started doing a lot of collaborations with her sister Chuck, who’s an amazing photographer. Chuck shot all the photography for my album and we’ve been collaborating on some video projects and Lana was around and I showed her some stuff on the record. I really had her in mind when I was writing ‘Young Blood’ and I think subliminally I was trying to do background vocals that sounded like her. I was trying to do my best Lana impression and she was like ‘I feel like I’m already on this song’ and I was like yeah that’s kind of what I was going for.”
As for the inspiration for the track, BØRNS said looking back on pop classics helped inform the 2018 single. “In the beginning of the record I was listening to a lot of The Beach Boys. I was fascinated about how Brian Wilson did these sudden key changes and movements and they’re pleasurable pop songs but they had these disjointed parts.”
As for the rest of Blue Madonna, BØRNS revealed the theme will be both lost innocence and hopefulness. “I feel like this album when I was making it I was kind of just trying to sift through my thoughts and achieve a state of enlightenment. So, hopefully these songs have good lives on their own and can live on into 2018. There’s a lost innocence theme, but I also wanted to give a hopeful and enlightened feeling to where the world is at right now.”
Check out BØRNS and Lana Del Rey in “God Save Our Young Blood” below.