Blitzen Trapper Release Touching ‘Girl in a Coat’ Video
Portland, Ore. based alt-country act Blitzen Trapper have unveiled a video for ‘Girl in a Coat,’ the latest single from last year’s ‘American Goldwing’ album. The acoustic, Dylan-tinged tune seems to be an emotional ode to unrequited love, and the accompanying clip is appropriately touching. Featuring a collage of what appears to be vintage home movie footage, the ‘Girl’ video tells the story of an old man wistfully looking back on his life.
“Four years ago I interviewed my grandfather at the age of 96 to talk about his life,” drummer Brian Koch tells Rolling Stone of what inspired the clip. “I was struck by how, even though so much had become blurry, confused or completely fallen away from his memory, some things remained.”
“Just shy of his 100th birthday, [director] Daniel Elkayam and I began to create a video from my grandfather’s perspective, blurring the boundaries of time and space in memory,” adds Koch. “‘Girl in a Coat,’ with its wearied narrative of retrospection, seemed the perfect match for the concept.”
Blitzen Trapper turned to relative newcomer Elkayam to helm the clip; he’s made a handful of music videos before, but ‘Girl’ is by far his highest profile work thus far. That said, judging by his work here we wouldn’t be surprised if he gets recruited for more high-profile video work soon.
Watch the Blitzen Trapper ‘Girl in a Coat’ Video