What is it about the high school setting that is so appealing to revisit in mainstream film, television, and music? Is it the fact that we are a part of a nostalgic culture, and our teens are the first period in our life that we can all (mostly) remember?
Whatever the appeal of that narrative and general aesthetic is, it’s a setting that is often returned to in popular art. Tame Impala’s 2015 album Currents wasn’t a huge hit for me, but after seeing their music video for The Less I Know The Better I have listened to that song hundreds of times. It’s one of the rare occasions where a video doesn’t just compliment the song, but expands on it. While I’m late to the party with this (it was released in November ’15), I felt the need to write something about it, and try to somehow nail down what makes it so riveting. Continue reading →