Isolation is a pretty guaranteed thing if one is in the Minnesota countryside in the dead of winter. In this environment, life on earth seems pretty devoid of creature comforts, and herein lies the plot of Minnesota-resident John Maus’ “Head for the Country”. Directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Stratford manages to capture the bleakness Maus paints lyrically with brushing snow floating about the settings of vacant fields and empty playgrounds, also zapping warmth from normal human-friendly environments such as home and car. Maus cleverly displays the meeting of both the haunting and the human as man versus himself continues to battle environmental influences.
WMSE Song of the Day (Tune In, Turn Up): John Maus “Head For the Country”