Hamilton Leithauser has released a new version of his song ‘Isabella’, featuring vocals from Lucy Dacus. The track originally appeared on the former Walkmen frontman’s latest solo LP, The Loves Of Your Life. Take a listen below.
Explaining how the new version came about, Leithauser said: “I was just playing this groovy riff in my home studio and it suddenly sounded like it might work on my song ‘Isabella’. I guess this amounts to the kind of evolving a new song goes through after a few months on tour… but without the tour. So I just hit record, and a few minutes later I had this whole new version of the song that I kind of loved. I asked my friend Lucy to sing on it—I’ve loved her voice since we used to sing together on stage every night during my I Had a Dream That You Were Mine tour. She recorded it at home and sent it to me. Once I put it all together I thought ‘well hell, why not share this with the world?’”
Dacus added: “Hamilton hit me up about singing on the song in June when I was in a bleak spot. Working on it really got me out of a funk and let me have some fun. We toured together in 2017 and I sung on a song in his set, it felt good to return to that. He’s a nice guy with good songs who’s easy to work with and lovely to talk to.”
Hamilton Leithauser recently unveiled a new live album, Live! at Cafe Carlyle. Back in June, he appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. Lucy Dacus’ last album was 2018’s Historian.