EDGE's New Music Friday: Lana Del Rey, Elton John, ABBA & More

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Friday October 22, 2021

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey  

Welcome to EDGE's New Music Friday, our guide to the best singles and albums released every week! This week, Lana Del Rey shares her second album of the year, Elton John returns with a collaborative album, ABBA releases another new song and we get new music from the Weeknd, indie band Wet and more!

Lana Del Rey - "Blue Banisters"

Lana Del Rey's "Blue Banisters" is her second LP of 2021, following her March release, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club." The latter album, along with her critically lauded "Norman Fucking Rockwell!," were both produced by Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen), but "Blue Banisters" finds Lana working with a new team, resulting in a sprawling 15 track album. The title track, "Arcadia," and "Beautiful" are lovely and stirring Lana ballads but the album is ultimately an ode to her fans as it contains a handful of tracks that were previously unreleased and leaked online, like the stunning "Thunder" and the exciting "Dealer."

Elton John - "The Lockdown Sessions"

After sharing a string of singles, Elton John's star-studded album "The Lockdown Sessions" is here. Over 16 songs, the music icon welcomes a number of talent including Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj, Rina Rawayama, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder and many more.

ABBA - "Just A Notion"

Ahead of their new album "Voyage" next month, ABBA is sharing another brand new track called "Just A Notion," which was meant to be included on their 1979 album "Voulez-Vous." Like the earlier ABBA tracks from this year, it truly feels like the Swedish group have a time machine to create these stunning songs; "Just A Notion" is a fun bop that only ABBA could create.

Swedish House Mafia, The Weeknd - "Moth to a Flame"

Swedish House Mafia is back and teaming up with The Weeknd for new single "Moth to a Flame." The track perfectly fits The Weeknd's current 80s and retro soundscape and the pop star sounds at home on the synthy song.

Wet - "Letter Blue"

After releasing a number of singles over the year, the Brooklyn-based band Wet return with their third album "Letter Blue." It's the group's first album on an independent label (AWAL) after releasing their first two LPs via Colombia. And, as Paste magazine points out, the new album will feature founding guitarist Marty Sulkow — "four years after leaving the band due to conflicts over artistic direction." Wet — which also features Kelly Zutrau and Joe Valle — has shared a number of tracks from "Letter Blue," including "Larabar," one of the best songs of the year. It's a ballad that twists it sound effects and R&B flourishes. Ahead of the new album, they also shared "Bound," featuring Blood Orange.