MARGO CILKER is a woman who drinks deeply of life, and her debut record, Pohorylle, due fall 2021 (Fluff and Gravy Records / Loose Music), is brimming with it. For the last seven years, the Eastern Oregon songwriter, who NPR calls one of “11 Oregon Artists to Watch in 2021,” has split her time between the road and various outposts across the world, from Enterprise, OR to the Basque Country of Spain, forging a path that is at once deeply rooted and ever-changing.
The video for “That River“, the third single from Pohorylle was premiered TODAY via UNCUT MAGAZINE. The video was produced by Motion Noise and features fellow Eastern Oregonian, Forrest VanTuyl, as well as Jaclyn Lasuen as the Basque Dancer. (Special thanks to Joanne at the Elorriaga House/ I.O.N. Heritage Museum in Jordan Valley, OR).
Margo describes the track: “The road from California across the Great Basin to Oregon has been travelled, often afoot, by countless Basque expatriates – so much so, that in the early twentieth century it was said most Basques in Spain could name only two American cities: New York and Winnemucca. I drove that road a few years ago after returning from Bilbao to move to a small town in Northeastern Oregon and wrote this song on the drive. I feel the band really captured the feeling of wide-open sagebrush desert and winding canyons in the moonlight. I still can’t tell you if this is my own story or some other character speaking through me; some ghost of a well-travelled bride-to-be laying down to take her rest in Jordan Valley.” – MARGO”