Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper “Pony Blues”

gunn-cooperI’ll always have a huge soft spot for Steve Gunn.  Add in the incredible Mike Cooper and something pretty damn special is afoot.  “Pony Blues” is a heady, droning romp through backwoods streams and gravel roads. The video adds a new dimension, building on the ecstatic foundation Gunn and Cooper have built.

From the director:

In Thailand’s northern countryside, a ghost story is told to warn young people and travelers from wandering into the jungle. Many years ago, a lonely stable boy in charge of the king’s horses went hungry, and was forced into eating one of his horses. He became sick, and died in the jungle at the edge of a river. Since then, a spirit has been known to walk near the edge of the woods, taking the form of a human (man or woman) with the features of a horse. As revenge for his loneliness, the spirit of the stable boy lures young lost travelers into the jungle, where they meet a watery grave.

Both artists’ visions are present and the melding of minds that takes place throughout the entire album, Cantos de Lisboa, is spectacular.  There’s distinct elements of each but their skill and mutual respect blends into something new and essential.

Cantos de Lisboa is out now as part or RVNG Intl’s incredible FRKWYS series. It’s another fantastic notch in RVNG’s incredible 2014 line-up.  Get on it.