GRLS’ “Dystopia” talks about some touchy subjects, specifically PTSD and how it can have an effect on people–and those around them. Additionally, the song’s got another deeper meaning: it discusses the effects war has on the brain, whether it be a war among two people (such as a toxic relationship) or among many. The amazing thing about this song is that it derived from a bad acid trip and eventually evolved into what we’re presented with today.
The video features a couple slowly disintegrating into a sea of nothingness, negative energies, and a bad trip wrapped into one strobe light-aided visual. When the setting shifts between the couple and another young woman with friends, things get brighter on the surface. The young woman in the second phase of the video seemingly is enjoying life–until you look at what she and her friends are doing in order to enjoy life. Without giving too much away, this one perfectly captures the “should I stay or go” battle people often have within toxic relationships and the “maybe it wasn’t so bad” attitude sometimes seen after the toxicity is broken.
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