Despite being revered by musicians of all stripes, Patti Smith songs don’t get covered as often as they should. So it’s a treat any time one comes across our desk – especially when it’s one as good as herMajesty’s new take on “Dancing Barefoot,” premiering below. Like Galaxie 500 meets The Doors, the cover’s dreamy swirl is punctuated by some serious throwback ’60s organ.
“When I heard the original its psychedelic undercurrents and garage punk poetry resonated for me on a deep, intuitive level,” singer JP tells us. “The lyrics delivered in Patti Smith’s iconic maelstrom jumped out of my laptop speakers and hinted at the mystical aspects of life, birth, oceanic love, merger and the transcendence of death. I wanted to highlight the implied aspects of the original, that sense of losing oneself in another being, the awareness that with each beginning there is an end, and, in doing so, make it a lush herMajesty song.”
Listen to herMajesty’s “Dancing Barefoot” below.
Tomorrow night the band plays a single release show at NYC’s Highline Ballroom (tickets here). “Spirits” Cover artwork by Linda Moses. And for more Patti Smith, check out our longread on how she came to cover Van Morrison’s “Gloria.“