At first listen you might not expect the breezy, hopscotch-through-the-heart of “Older” from Finnish duo Shine 2009, to be the perfect soundtrack to a tale of drug deals gone wrong, but in the hands of director Eugene Kotlyarenko it starts to make a little more sense. “Stay cool. Stay cool forever,” the song intones. Good advice when you’re a nurse dealing to senior citizens.
“Shooting the video for ‘Older’ was incredibly fun and putting it together was delightfully easy,” he said. “I guess that makes sense, because those descriptors could easily be used to characterize Shine 2009’s song. Like the juiciest pop hits, it’s deceptively fun and simple, but has a complicated attitude towards dreaded subjects, like aging-angst and generational blahdom. It’s works great because it’s smart enough to smother those with the catchy sheen of pop positivity. The song’s classic vibe definitely inspired the energy on set and in the editing room.
The video was shot in gated seniors’ community where family of the video’s producer lives, Kotlyarenko explained. “Amongst them a former LAPD officer with three published books of poetry, a highend enthusiast of Southwestern art, a former soundman for Arsenio Hall and even an IRL nurse.”
“Of course, our heroine, played by Alison Peery, does not live in this Seniors’ community, but rather is just a striking young lady with an enigmatic wariness towards the world, which exudes through her behavior. From the critters to the babies, all the way to the octogenarians, everyone really brought their A-game. The way I figure it, if you have a kitten, a baby, a grandpa and a gun, you already have the raw ingredients for a stonecold classic. I don’t know that this gets there, but it feels pretty good to me.”
The song appears on Shine 2009 second album Our Nation, out in October on Cascine.