Okkervil River figurehead Will Sheff dug into his family’ own archives for the “Your Past Life As A Blast” clip, appropriating his father’s Super 8 footage. Sheff explains in the press release, in case you want some proper context:

The lyrics to “Your Past Life as a Blast” deal with a lot of different things and in a kind of disarranged way, but it felt to me like it was the sweetest moment on the record, a moment of nostalgia and tenderness and sunnyness. When I was writing the lyrics, certain images flashed in my head, and some of those images were specifically from my childhood, or of the way I remember earliest childhood feeling to me.

Like many kids of the late ’70s and early ’80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and –- as time passed –- my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video.

The MP3, for keeps:

The band also announced some fall tour dates:

10/12 — Perth, Australia @ Capitol
10/14 — Melbourne, Australia @ The Forum Theater
10/15 — Meeniyan, Australia @ Meeniyan Town Hall
10/16 — Melbourne, Australia @ The Toff (Will Sheff solo)
10/18 — Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theater
10/19 — Brisbane, Australia @ The Hi-Fi
11/04 — Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 — Barcelona, Spain @ Teatro Coliseum
11/11 — El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain @ Milwaukee
11/12 — Valencia, Spain @ Mirror
11/14 — Munich, Denmark @ Backstage
11/15 — Cologne, Denmark @ Luxor
11/16 — Paris, France @ Cafe de la Danse
11/18 — Dublin, Ireland @ The Button Factory
11/19 — Glasgow, Scotland @ Oran Mor
11/20 — Manchester, England – Sound Control
11/21 — Bristol, England @ Trinity
11/22 — London, England @ Koko
11/24 — Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
11/25 — Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie
11/26 — Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli

I Am Very Far is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Comments (2)
  1. Reminds me of the Hospital Ships video you guys posted a few months back:

    http://stereogum.com/699081/hospital-ships-reprise-video/mp3s/

  2. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2011 0

    i had to pause the song: why the hell does it sound like two versions of it are playing at once out of sync? did they think that was a good production choice, maybe give it some more emotional depth? cause it just sounds cluttered and stupid. the sad thing is i can hear a good song in there…

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