Jagwar Ma: Uncertainty
I normally try to limit my posts to relatively unknown bands to avoid churning out duplicates of information that is all over the internet already. For example, it takes one quick Google search to know that NME posted about this 4 days ago and got the name of the song wrong, Stereogum got in there 5 days ago and made some weird joke about hunting koalas, whatever.
With this video however, I have my own two cents to throw in, so for those two people out there reading this - thanks. And you didn't 'read it here first' (probably).
Jagwar Ma headed out in to the Mojave desert in California to shoot this deliciously dark-toned video for "Uncertainty". This is personally my favourite song off their record, and seemingly what inspired the name 'Howlin', so I was hoping for something impressive. I was not disappointed, in fact, this little Aussie just had the pants impressed right off her (Literally - I'm in my nightie as I type this).
This is where you can stop reading, because it's story time. (Sorry if that nightie comment got you excited - but it's not that kind of story)
I spent a great deal of time travelling around the USA last year. Not just 'travelling' how most normal, sane people do when they take a few weeks or months off work and follow a nice organised itinerary of all the nice places to go and nice things to see and take nice pictures of. No, what I did was carelessly amble back and forth across the country with no set plans, barely any money, a reckless attitude, and a very, very open mind.
This is how I found myself one day in Joshua Tree National Park, with an odd stoner kid from Northern California and his DAD (yep - I thought this was a bunch of friends on a camping trip that I was joining, but must have misheard that minor detail).
The heat of the desert in the daytime is unforgiving. I spent three days stumbling through the haze of strangely shaped rocks and aggressive-looking plants that this national park (and it's surrounding high desert) plays host to. If I thought this environment in the daytime was like being on another planet, it was nothing compared to it at night. The weird shapes grow even weirder covered in the moon's lengthy shadows, you can hear choruses of coyote's howling but can't figure out direction or distance, above your head are countless stars, so many in fact, that you can no longer distinguish the familiar ones.
Nothing could pay homage better to the eerie beauty of the high desert at night, than this video (pat on the back to Jono Ma's brother Dave), and with lyrics like "When you're gloomy howlin' looks so good to me" you can kind of see why they chose this mystical setting. In fact for a moment or two I almost expected Gabriel Winterfield to start howlin' at the moon.
(Apologies, yet again, for my terrible puns.)