Video Premiere: John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

April 8, 2015 1:34 PM

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The very last scene of the slyly spiritual new horror movie It Follows offers a resonant metaphor for the way people learn to live with the presence of mortality. I won't say more because doing so would raise cries of SPOILER, but in a very different way, the last scene of the new video for John Moreland's room-hushing new ballad "Cherokee" does the same thing. Again: no spoilers. Just watch as bass player Bingham Barnes, who's something of a ringer for Moreland, goes about his modest life drinking a beer, feeding his chickens, getting rid of some old stuff in a backyard bonfire — and building something. What he's building is a basic thing, a terribly intimate thing, and the care and matter-of-fact skill with which he goes about it is in itself inspirational. When the final shot reveals the fruit of his labor, it's sobering and sublime.

The video, based on a concept by Joey Kneiser, who is in the band Glossary with Barnes and is a good friend of Moreland's, is a perceptive response to the Oklahoma singer-songwriter's stately but raw confession. One of 10 marrow-deep songs on the Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter's upcoming release H...

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