ABOVE: KOREY DANE. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERON MCCOOL.
Los Angeles-based musician Korey Dane wrote and released “Pony & The Kid,” a track off his sophomore LP Youngblood, after being inspired largely by Neil Young’s self-titled album and Jack Nietzsche’s arrangements. “I had never listened to that album thoroughly until my producer turned me on to it,” Dane admits. “It framed the recording process of ‘Pony & The Kid’ more than anything.” The video for the song, premiering below, echoes the personal and Americana tone of the singular track as well as album as a whole.
Shot on Super 8, the video depicts models and artists Cailin Russo and Lera Pentelute peacefully standing in the desert and exuding carefree attitudes, as the wind tussles their hair and they encounter horses and dogs. “I made the video myself with the people closest to me,” Dane says. “It was pretty unintentional. We were in the desert shooting still and I pulled the Super 8 out when I didn’t feel like changing rolls in my Leica.”
Dane says Pentelute is his “partner in crime” and Russo is one of their closest friends. “We all needed a break so we went out into the desert to hang,” he continues. “My dad’s got a spread out there with dogs and shit scattered about. It’s a cathartic place, in a weird way. You can get in touch with the quiet.” Even though Dane might still be “trying to figure out who’s Pony and who’s the kid,” the video directly reflects his initial visual inspiration: Thelma & Louise never dying.
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