By Katie Olson
Jack Antonoff, the guitarist from the pop group Fun., took what many people (in the entertainment industry and beyond) are thinking and put it into a song.
Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers, released a single titled, “I Wanna Get Better” in the middle of February. Today, the band released a music video for the track, directed by none other than Antonoff’s equally talented significant other, Lena Dunham.
In the video, Antonoff plays roles on both ends of the spectrum. First, as a man accused by his girlfriend as “judgmental and analytical,” and then sees the other side as a therapist. His patients include a distraught middle-aged wife, a teenager with an eating disorder, a disgruntled couple, and more. The clients take their turns performing different parts of the chorus, which professes:
I didn’t know I was lonely ’til I saw your face/ I wanna get better/
better/ better/ better/
I didn’t know I was broken ’til I wanted to change/
I wanna get better/
better/ better/ better
The saccharine, pop melody and instrumentals make light of the subject matter in just the right way. The song acknowledges that everyone has their own problems, but leaves the listener with a positive message:
Even though everyone may be losing their minds, it’s okay.
See for yourself:
Watch the video!
Bleachers just announced that they will be performing at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, along with a string of other festival appearances.