One thing you can always count on with Letting Up Despite Great Faults is their ability to put together an astonishing video. With both “Teenage Tide” and “Our Younger Noise”, the band found a great balance between the modern world and fantasy. They do it again with “Sophia In Gold” off their 2011 EP, Paper Crush.
Where “Sophia In Gold” differs is that this fantasy world is through the eyes of a child. Directed by Douglas Burgdorff, our hero overcomes the childhood monster-under-bed fear by slaying the stuffed dragon then going on a little journey to bid the beast a champion’s farewell.
What makes this video so great is that it conveys a message from one so young. Even our enemies deserve gratitude. The girl, let’s call her Sophia, doesn’t take the dragon as a souvenir. She gave it a hero’s goodbye on the ocean.
The videos Letting Up Despite Great Faults makes are always layered. There’s meaning and depth behind the clever cinematography and clever storylines. And with the clashing of dream worlds and fantasy with what we perceive as reality, we learn a little something: perspective.