Video Premiere: “I Broke Down in Southern Indiana” by Dylan Lancaster
Last October we premiered the debut single from Nashville-come-Traverse City’s Dylan Lancaster. The song, entitled “I Broke Down in Southern Indiana” and which I described as “a genuinely propulsive rocker, anchored by the wonky emotional spiral of his lyrics,” is the opening salvo on his fresh-out-of-the-oven EP Songs for Cosmo. And today, we’re happy to finish the one-two punch by premiering the video.
It opens with our protagonist silhouetted in purple light, interspersed with shots from what we can only assume to be some lost Southern Indiana gas station. By the time the song kicks in, we’re soaring over the abandoned industrial detritus, with Lancaster’s wide-legged stance and exaggerated strumming commanding an over-the-top presence, not unlike in his songs. The video leads us on a meandering journey: a bleakly empty venue, a smoke-choked green room, a giant and mysterious T-Rex awash in flickering streetlight. These snapshots all set the appropriate dour mood for a razor-sharp song about displacement and a relationship gone awry.
You can buy and stream Songs for Cosmo here, and watch the video below.