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TEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF MUSIC VIDEOS (1)

Name of track: Carried Away



Artist: Passion Pit
FEATURES OBSERVATIONS EXAMPLES
GENRE
CHARACTERISTICS
1) Bright and colorful
2) Aims at the teenage
audience
3) Very upbeat
1) Orange walls in the couples house
2) This could aim at the teenage audience due to
teenagers being the stereotypically known to
go over the top and not know the limit.
3) The whole song is upbeat and interesting.
RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN LYRICS
AND VISUALS?
The lyrics are clearly related to the
story in the video.
The lyrics carried away are expressed by the acting
throughout, for example when the girl is annoyed
with her boyfriend wiping a bit of lipstick off her face
she goes over the top and puts it all over her cheek.
RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN MUSIC
AND VISUALS?
The editing at the beginning of the
video makes the relationship clear
straight the way.
Halt of track when the man touches the girls face.
ARE THERE CLOSE
UPS OF THE ARTIST
AND STAR IMAGE
MOTIFS?
There is not any close ups of the
actors in the music video and there
is some but only a few star image
motifs.
You make me sick
Carried away
IS THERE
REFERENCE TO THE
NOTION OF
LOOKING?
There are very few but one would
be when certain words are clearly
upsetting the girl.
There is a camera zoom towards the girls breasts
where the girl is holding the words You make me
sick.
ARE THERE
INTERTEXTUAL
REFERENCES?
This video suggests that women
always get their own way and men
are always saying sorry.
This is shown when the girl winks when she gets her
own way at 1:22, the man is the only one saying sorry
throughout the video e.g. 1:18.
IS THE VIDEO
CATEGARY
ILLUSTRATION,
DISJUNCTION OR
AMPLIFICATION?
HOW MUCH OF
EACH?
Completely illustration There is no lip syncing within the video, no
instruments playing and no members of a band
presented. For example when the lyrics are saying
sorry about that, this is in the visuals in the video
by presenting it in a cloud saying sorry.