Del Rey recalled to Radio.com
: "'West Coast' as a demo sounded really different, and I never felt like it got where it was supposed to be until I met Dan Auerbach. I was telling him that I was really interested in…that my heart was in jazz, and my mind and my roots were in jazz and that I wanted to make a record that was sort of this mix of beautiful jazz undertones and a West Coast fusion, kind of inspired by the Eagles and the Beach Boys and this sort of Laurel Canyon revival thing that was happening in the '70s. So I went to Nashville and he reproduced 'West Coast' and yeah, I don't know…I loved it."
"Dan said that everything on the record, all the songs have this kind of narco-swing," she added. "So whereas the beat and the verses on 'West Coast' were really direct, the chorus naturally slipped into this half-time beat. I just remember everyone at the label being like, 'God, it's getting slower at the chorus?' And we were like, yeah!"