Holy Youth’s Travis Swinford has shared a video for his new track as New Love Crowd, “Lay Lady Lay.”
The song, which is a modern reimagination of Bob Dylan’s classic tune, sees Swinford taking the ’60s sounds of the folk tune, but adding his own twist with shimmering melodies and wailing guitars. The accompanying video is perfectly goofy, as Swinford sings right into the camera, lifting weights, dancing in a trench coat, and holding a microphone.
“‘Lay Lady Lay’ has been covered many times before and each time, some artist pulls something new out of it,” New Love Crowd explains. “The original is really simple and loosely performed on the record, yet there is so much room for interpretation and new ideas. It inspires me to write music that has a generative quality. It’s a fun song to play too.”
Watch the video for “Lay Lady Lay” below.
New Love Crowd has also shared a quick Q&A about the cover and video, which you can check out below.
Who produced it? What was the recording experience like?
“I produced it and it took me forever to find my own swing in this song. One of my goals was to keep its tender swagger in the rhythm vocals. Since I was recording all the tracks on my own, I would have to record takes while playing along in a new instrument to see how they’d all fit together. If I found a new strumming pattern I liked, I’d have to make sure it fits with the prerecorded bass, or maybe re-record the bass, etc. Carl Saff mastered it beautifully.”
What do you want people to take away from the song?
“I hope they hear a song they love from a fresh perspective. Like re-reading a favorite book and getting something new out of it.”
Was there a particular mood you were trying to capture? A story you were trying to tell?
“I think there’s something about the way the speaker conveys this desperation for a lover that’s already close. This doesn’t sound like a first encounter. This sounds like a moment that had been long due for their love. The desperation is a little shameless though, so there’s this “nothing to lose” lightness to it all.”
Anything else noteworthy?
“I borrowed inspiration for some lead guitar parts from Pete Drake’s steel guitar instrumental. Also, one of the most beautiful versions of this song is by The Brothers and Sisters; a sunny gospel version that will put you on a cloud.”