“This song and video are inspired by several long journeys galloping across the desert toward the pyramids in Giza, Egypt on horses with close friends,” Angela LaBaw, aka the Los Angeles-based musician and artist Hopscotch explains of her new “Black & White Horses.” It’s the quest of the lone warrior and traveler archetype, she says, “a reflection of the journey of a wild child. One who gets away from the dysfunction of the story of her life to simply go be in nature with horses, screaming, dancing, laughing, full freedom from those stories and their tendrils in her life.”
The action implied there is pushed back against by the slowed-down clips of horses galloping, and her own animal-like movements, not to mention the supine pace of the song’s shadowy edges.
There’s also something for Bronies to take delight in here, what the video’s director Cohen calls the first Unisus, or pegasus/unicorn to to be portrayed in cinema with live animals or humans. “I am the first director to portray the animal on screen, so to speak. This means that the ‘Hopscotch’ music video is actually a historical moment in the history of cinema.”
History in the making. “The only reference in pop culture to it is in the animated series ‘My Little Pony’ of which Celestia and Luna are rulers of Equestria in the series, i.e. royalty in the unicorn/pegasus universe.”
Also magical? LaBaw’s hair.
Back in our world, the video-shoot took on some magical overtones as well, LaBaw went on. “The making of it was absolutely surreal. We shot based around the timing of the full moon. Long days, hard work, there was a feeling that some kind of ceremonial space was being held for me out there. Everyone who was a part of the crew and cast kept saying our shoot was ‘meant to be.’ And it was. I could not have done something so beautiful and other time and space feeling without the amazing work of Cohen and all of the crew. The magic present on set the entire weekend, especially working with horses was very tangible, for example you see a ring of smoke that just happened from the sage. Nature’s FX.”
The song appears on Hopsctoch’s “Archer EP & Remixes”, out on May 6. Check out her recent “Red Sea” here.