A good music video should add a dimension to a song you never knew was there, like turning on the lights in a dark room. Dawn Landes'
video for "Young Girl" does precisely that. Building off the fuzzed out and twangy hoedown hook of the song, Landes' video builds a southern noir atmosphere around it. Helped by 1960's style directing and a dark and grainy film filter, the video for "Young Girl" bridges the two worlds Landes is writing from: her Kentucky past and her New York City present. What's nice though is as enveloped in a Deep South atmosphere as it is, it never takes itself too seriously.
Dawn Landes (born December 5, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and musician originally from Louisville, Kentucky. As a recording artist she has released five full-length albums: Dawn's Music (2005), Fireproof (2008), Sweetheart Rodeo (2010), and Mal Habille (2012) and two EPs: Straight Lines (2006) and Mal Habille (2012). In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, Jos Gonzlez, The Weakerthans, Midlake and Suzanne Vega.
A skilled producer and engineer, she has worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2009 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio. Her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows, including Bored to Death, Skins, House, Gossip Girl and United States of Tara. She composed original scores for two feature films Blackbird and Familiar Strangers and wrote the end credit song for Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. Landes has appeared with The American Songbook Series, Boston Pops and in 2012 with the NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center for the new Benjamin Millepied ballet "Two Hearts" singing a balled entitled "The Brown Girl" as part of composer Nico Muhly's score.
Her latest release, Mal Habille, a collection of original French songs in the style of Ye-Ye was released in June 2012. It features guest vocals by Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and an interactive ebook with illustrations by the artist Danica Novgorodoff to accompany the text. Landes is a member of all-girl trio The Bandana Splits. Landes was married to musician Josh Ritter, with whom she also toured.