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Dreamy, spacey, and true-to-form, New Zealand’s Mild Orange are back with their signature brand of starry-eyed dream pop in the form of “The Time of Our Lives.” It’s got a touch of lo-fi hip hop, a little dash of woozy nostalgia, and enough reverb to provide an atmospheric feel no matter how grounded you are by the driving beats, synths, and zig-zagging guitar riffs.
Frontman Josh Mehrtens sings about the good old days spent skateboarding in Japan, his vocals a shimmering haze against the backdrop of mildly psychedelic instrumentation. It was Mehrtens’ dream to include his favorite skateboarder, Kento Yoshioka, in the music video. He explains in a statement:
"When you skate through the city, time stands still and you enter a peaceful flow, you see the streets from a unique perspective. This film captures that feeling.”
Director Tomoyuki Kujirai brought these ideas to life, building the video around photographs and memories, in order to show the frozen moments of beauty that can still exist within memory, no matter how much time has passed. The time of our lives is always right where we left it - in our hearts, and in our mind’s eye.