"Every time I cover a Taylor song I am amazed at how perfectly they are written," the songwriter shared in the Instagram post
On Monday, the country singer-songwriter released another cover of one of Swift’s songs. Hurd, 37, shared a slow-down version of the singer’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) vault song, “Now That We Don’t Talk.”
He shared a video singing alongside songwriter Teddy Reimer in a collaborative Instagram post, while he sang behind the piano and Reimer played the guitar in the background.
“Now That We Don’t Talk from Teddy’s Studio. Every time I cover a Taylor song I am amazed at how perfectly they are written,” he began in the post’s caption. “Hope everybody has a beautiful week, let us know what you think of this one and share it with yo frands. (also, go listen to Platonic in honor of the second verse).”
Hurd’s cover follows the October 2023 release of Swift’s re-record of her October 2014 album, 1989. "Now That We Don't Talk" is Swift's shortest song to date and chronicles the singer navigating an intense breakup. Swift documents changes in her ex's life now that they don't talk anymore. Swift previously said on Tumblr Music that it's one of her favorite vault tracks from the album and "packs a punch."
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Prior to Swift’s rerecords — which began with the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021 — Hurd covered her reputation track “Dress” on tour in January 2019. Soon after, he released his rendition of Swift’s Lover standout “False God,” after Hurd covered the song during his Platonic Tour.
Hurd told PEOPLE in May 2020 how he has “a massive amount of respect for [Swift] as a writer.”
“[The lyrics are] just very poetic, and I think they feel like rock songs kind of when you start to get into them. When we did ‘Dress,’ it was amazing the way that she thought of building breath — she made sure that she could breathe into the chorus,” said PEOPLE.
He continued to share how Swift’s “False God” reminded him of Ernest Hemingway’s writing. “[‘False God’] the lyric reminded me of a Hemingway short story ‘Hills Like White Elephants,’ where these two people are having a conversation that is sort of circling around what they actually mean,” shared the songwriter. “And so I think it's fun to do kind of a deeper cut on her stuff because only the people who really are into her catalog are familiar with it.”
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