13 September 2010
While my taste is ever-expanding in a breadth of directions that can make it seem erratic or even random, there are a few things that I predictably love. A very incomplete list:
- Subversive collage
- James Dean
- Homoerotic references to the American West
Today I remembered a music video that actually encompasses (or refers to) all of these elements. What is such a paragon of mitchcodom, you might ask? It is “Summertime Cowboy” by Husky Rescue, a quasi-forgotten gem from the murkily remembered year of 2005.
Husky Rescue is an ambient pop band from Finland (the bastard stepchild of Scandinavia and Russia). I love how this song has a dreamy ambient quality, especially in the synthy piano riff, but also wailing guitar and a tight rhythm section (who doesn’t love meaty drums with snazzy high hat?). I’d also be lying to you if I said that I didn’t love the visuals– 2D Cowboy E.T. dancing in a boat/mysterious darkling plain (later to be killed in a disco by Cloud Cat’s laser beams) warms my heart with every viewing. God bless the Finnish conception of the American West– if you’ve never seen Leningrad Cowboys Go America, this is your personal invitation.
I like to think that this song stands as a reminder that in between the indie rock renaissance of 2001-2002 and the nudisco dance explosion of 2007, there was still good music being made, preparing to bridge the gap. I wonder what’s coming out right now that I’m not hearing but would love.