Out Among The Stars
Dear lord. YES.
Californian desert landscape, talented (and ruggedly handsome) musicians and Johnny Cash. What could possibly be more perfect than the combination of these fine things?
Thankfully, La Blogothèque comprehends the importance of fusing these beautiful elements together for our viewing pleasure in the 16 minute tribute to The Man In Black.
An unreleased album entitled "Out Among The Stars" is from a lost 1980's session. Mr. Johnny Cash reportedly recorded the album with prolific Country producer, Billy Sherrill, which was discovered in the chasms by Cash's son, John Carter Cash.
Brandon Flowers, Dawes, Father John Misty and Local Natives were among the chosen ones to be featured in this all-star tribute. The film follows each musician in an old, rusty truck as they drive out through the desert discussing Cash's significance to their musicianship and life and performing their own rendition of a Cash song. The scenery, dusty setting, creative direction and minimal production are the perfect accompaniments to making this tribute that much more flawless.
Brandon Flowers performs "I came To Believe" with the aide of Dawes. They play a Country/Americana-heavy version of the song in the height of the desert heat. If I had to describe this version, it would be summed up with the words "faith" and "belief".
In true Father John Misty fashion, he emerges in a suave manner -- stylishly making his entrance in a well-dressed, slightly jaded and inquisitive fashion. We never know how seriously to take FJM, which in fact, deepens our love for him. Misty performs a stripped-back, acoustic version of "Baby Ride Easy" just as the sun is setting and the rose lighting is emerging; demure seduction at it's best.
Possibly I am biased because I want his sunglasses...
Local Natives close out the film with their deep and meaningful insight into Cash's profound influence to them as a band. They take to the theme of the song and perform a moving version of "Out Among The Stars" under the night's sky. I'm not sure if it is the creative use of lighting (car headlights), silky falsetto vocals or perfect balance of instrumentation, but this is the most moving performance of them all... and may or may not have caused tears (referring to the band, of course). With the help of Local Natives and the words of Johnny Cash, we leave you with...
"Oh how many travelers get wear-y
Bearing both their burdens and their scars
Don't you think they'd love to stop complaining
And fly like eagles out among the stars"