YOU GOTTA SEE THIS: “Your Past Life As A Blast” by Okkervil River

November 16. 2011 | By Sean Morris

When creating or recalling memories, which pictures truly linger in one’s mind? This is the question posed in the video for Okkervil River’s “Your Past Life As A Blast,” which features a young man and woman who find the backs of each others’ heads as unforgettable as the lush scenery around them. Since the imagery implies intimacy, the viewer’s immediate reaction is to perceive the protagonists as lovers. Watch again, pay close attention to the lyrics, and note the lack of overt romantic gestures (or physical contact even). Perhaps this video also wishes to challenge pre-conceived notions regarding interpretation.

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