The word “retrograde” comes from the Latin word retrogradus, which literally translates to “backward step.” The name of one of the most lyrical and affecting songs on Gigaton, the new album from Pearl Jam, “Retrograde” covers that same concept, applied to the threat of climate change and its effects on the world.
Sings Eddie Vedder in the song:
The more mistakes, the more resolve
It’s gonna take much more than ordinary love
To lift this up
"It's gonna take much more than ordinary love to lift this up…"
The official "Retrograde" video is out now, directed by Josh Wakely.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) May 14, 2020
Premiered on Thursday, this music video is gorgeous to look at. The product of Pearl Jam working with director Josh Wakely, the shimmery animation features a man watching through a psychic’s crystal ball as the world collapses on itself, the oceans overtaking iconic landmarks in London, Paris and Seattle.
As if the above wasn’t already meant to challenge those who don’t take climate change as seriously as others, activist Greta Thunberg appears in the video, as well. As do Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Matt Cameron in tarot card format.
The whole video features some very impressive visuals to match its serious, cautionary tone:
Gigaton was released in late March and features some of the strongest material Pearl Jam has released in quite some time.
Stream the record below.