By Brad Wete
August 18, 2011 at 06:09 PM EDT

Bon Iver’s latest is less a traditional music video than soundtracked footage of a little boy’s brilliant day. Either way, it’s simple and gorgeous.

In the Nabil-directed clip for “Holocene” a cave boy, alone in the middle of nowhere, skips rocks, drinks river water, and rolls down a grass hill. Ah, fun times, right? But throughout the clip, when he’s not goofing off, he lumbers around with a look of defeat on his face.

“…And at once I knew I was not magnificent,” Justin Vernon sings gloomily. The kid finally does do something extra special towards the end, climbing a mountain and transforming a rock into, well, I won’t ruin the finale:

What do you think of the video? Let us know.

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