Premiere: Jesse Payne “Kitty Hawk” (Official Video)

Alabaman singer/songwriter, Jesse Payne released his latest album Heirloom back in August. Surviving the Golden Age is excited to premiere the video for the album’s latest single “Kitty Hawk.” Kitty Hawk, NC was famously the site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The city also lends its name to several aircraft carriers. The video features vintage footage of planes in flight as well as battleships sailing and sinking but the real story hinges on a relationship between a man and a woman. The video opens with the couple in bed–the woman sleeping on the man’s chest–as the sun rises. But the happiness doesn’t last long, after all “Kitty Hawk” is a somber acoustic song helmed by the emotive Jesse Payne. The couple fights a bit; you can read the woman’s lips as she shouts “fuck you” to her partner. As Payne repeats “brother, won’t you carry my drifting bones/I was only trying to leave,” the woman slowly disappears out of her lover’s life. Its melancholic to be sure but directors, Joe Walker and Alan Collins, do a great job telling a fully realized story in only five minutes.

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