Choice Video: Conor Oberst – “Common Knowledge”

by on September 9, 2014

Serving as the sequel to the clip for “Zigzagging Toward the Light,” Conor Oberst has released the equally Her-esque visual counterpart for fellow Upside Down Mountain track “Common Knowledge.”  Continuing the vaguely post-apocalyptic, chillingly colorless aesthetics of “Zigzagging,” the David Altobelli-directed clip showcases a slightly more distraught Oberst as he rummages through a box of Mountain vinyls, cries on a friend’s shoulder, and cuts his own hair in weighty emotional chunks.  Much can be said of Oberst’s allusions to the Spike Jonze film Her, but such allusions are skillfully subtle and tone-conscious enough to support – and not distract from – the confident yet vulnerable takes on anti-nostalgia satisfyingly present throughout Upside Down Mountain.