Minneapolis-based artist Andy Cook has shared the video for Run, which is lifted from his latest EP, ‘Modern Man’. About he video, Cook said, “Run is for when you’re sad, when you’re stuck, or when you just have to break down what’s holding you back. It might get a little messy and noisy, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need.” Watch the clip via YouTube below.
What’s a man, anyway? is the central question at the heart of the ‘Modern Man’ EP—a 22-minute indie-rock/Americana ride that stokes twinges of nostalgia with jangly guitars, articulate synth lines, and driving percussion.
The EP follows Cook digging into life in this hyper-digital age as the music harkens back to classic American songwriters. ‘Modern Man’ takes a hard look at the present in its lyric-driven, sonically-rich landscape. “We’re living in a wicked world, where nobody believes anything they’ve heard…just a picture of a pretty face, with lonely eyes and a made-up grace,” we hear over a bouncing guitar line on Swirl—a song reminiscent of Real Estate or Kurt Vile, and that oscillates between pessimism of social media-curated life, and optimism that we can be happy in our own shoes.
These observations are less criticism than they are experience, from the point of view of an artist who is finding his own voice and a comfort in presenting this music without trying to be something he’s not. Cook has long felt like someone who almost fits in, but not quite—stuck between who he wants to be, the pressures and images surrounding us daily, and the desire to be “in” while still being individual.
‘Modern Man’ tracklist
02: Red Lights
04: Nothing Changes
05: Places We Go
06: Modern Man (Intro)
07: Modern Man
‘Modern Man‘ is out now and is the fifth release from Good Eye Records.