VIDEO PREMIERE: SHANNON LAY “RECORDING 15”
L.A. favorite Shannon Lay returns with this extremely fitting video for her “Recording 15,” arguably the heart—or part of the heart—of her recent and excellent Living Water LP. Director Mike Nikolla gives her exactly the setting she needs: an empty room, an empty sky, and a wide-open desert landscape, all of which give this Bridget St. John-style devastator the space it needs to go on forever. (Says Nikolla: “I want to thank Shannon for being so fully collaborative. What a thrill it was to go out into the desert with just her,
[colorist/producer] Tyler [Lee Cushing] and [camera assistant] Emma [Penrose] and make this intimate piece to accompany her beautiful music.”
We asked Lay about “Recording 15” a while back:
Living Water seems like an encouraging album—like someone telling you to stay hopeful. But it’s not glibly hopeful. ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Recording 15’ are right next to each other, and it seems ‘Give It Up’ is an answer to ‘Recording.’ In ‘Recording’ you’re sad and saying you’ll always hold on, but in ‘Give It Up’ you talk about having to let go or it’ll destroy you. So is that the kind of hope here? Hard-won learned-the-hard-way hope.
You nailed it! ‘Recording 15’ is an older song. I brought it back because … I don’t know, for so many people that scenario rings true. I typically try not to write about boys. I hate being stereotypical when there are so many other things to talk about, but you can’t deny the the subject resonates. People come up to me after shows: ‘What is that song about “…far away”?’ ‘Recording 15.’ It fills a very specific moment. It’s a very deep feeling. I wanted it to be hopeful at the end. And ‘Give It Up’ is the song that’s a conversation I’ve had with myself in my head countless times. When I sing this song, I picture myself on a talk show with myself: ‘So how many times are we gonna do this? Figure it out—lighten up!’ It’s important to develop a dialogue with yourself—separate yourself from your ego. It’s a different thing—a different person.
Lay performs tomorrow at Zebulon with the much-lauded Night Shop (mem. of Flat Worms!) and then takes off for an acoustic tour with Ty Segall. Full dates below!
10/16 LA-Zebulon with Night Shop and Kasey Johansing
10/17 LA-Ebell *
10/20 Big Sur-Henry Miller Library *
10/21 SF-The Chapel *
10/22 Santa Cruz-Rio Theater *
10/24 Portland-Aladdin Theater *
10/25 Vancouver-Biltmore Cabaret *
10/27 Seattle-Neumos *
* with Ty Segall