Passion Pit doesn't have an average story. According to Artist Direct, the band "began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend." This obviously evolved into a full-fledged career, and I'm grateful for it. As if that weren't enough, they have principles. Frontman Angelakos most recently went on a rant during the Oscars on Twitter referring to the film Silver Linings Playbook as a "cheap use of mental health as legs for plot," according to Gigwise. He's a mental health advocate, too? I can dig it, and I'm also a fan of the band's latest music video for "Carried Away."
While I'm on the topic of mental health... the striking, borderline-crazy girlfriend featured in the music video is none other than One Tree Hill alumni Sophia Bush. She plays a dramatic, sarcastic, charming lady love who reacts passionately to every facet of the relationship. The video moves in fast-forward, and viewers catch a realistic glimpse into the pitfalls and benefits of a volatile love. It has a strangely eerie aura like Alice in Wonderland, where viewers get lost in the "rabbit hole" of their relationship. You may feel like you're inside a vacuum, because of how lost you get in their story.
The boyfriend is a regular guy who seems both entranced and frustrated by her chaotic personality. They love and fight passionately. I personally enjoyed their dynamic and saw nothing wrong with it, but it's likely I'm crazy myself.
The grand finale involves an animated scene where the words said out of anger rain down from the ceiling and overwhelm them. I interpreted this as how couples can dwell on words said in anger and how they begin to weigh on the relationship. It's a profound yet comical music video, one that became an instant favorite.
It's been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results each time, and I've played this on repeat and always find new ways to love it. I don't know where that leaves me, but I hope you enjoy it the way I do.
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