“Compass” came as something of a November surprise for fans of Lady Antebellum. The band had just released its new studio album Golden in May, but that didn’t stop bandmates Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood from turning around and reissuing a “deluxe” version of Golden with extra tracks only six months later. The reissue includes three brand-new songs, and one of them, “Compass,” is the band’s current radio single.
This week, Lady A released a “Compass” music video as well, and it’s a colorful, joyful affair full of light and dancing that perfectly matches the positive, life-affirming tone of the song itself. The video was directed by Peter Zavadil, a veteran videomaker who also was behind the group’s “Goodbye Town” and “Downtown” videos. Watch “Compass” below.
During an interview this fall with E! News, the bandmates said they embrace trying new sounds, and the song “Compass” is an example of that. “We love trying to push it,” Haywood said. “For us, it was fun. We had a little time off for Hillary and we came back and had this song come in and we fell in love with it.”
“Compass” is “a personal message, but not a preachy one, that’s gonna be a sing-a-long in the live show, not a sit-and-think about every single lyric,” Scott told Rolling Stone.