John Valenti is at it again. Although the mastermind behind Rochester’s most darkly satirical indie band Passive Aggressives Anonymous recently relocated to sunny California, it hasn’t dislodged his tongue from his cheek. If anything, with his newly released music video, “I’m in the Pool, Man,” Valenti seems freshly inspired.
The musician and filmmaker is still busy poking fun at being self-involved—he’s just poolside this time. He assures the listener that he’s happy to help complete a task or make a kind gesture, but not now. It’s pool time. Lyrically, it’s not any more complicated than that.
Released under the PAA moniker and clocking in at just over two and half minutes, the song is electro-pop at its most minimal. Propelled by a straightforward drum ‘n’ bass hook that could be the perfect soundtrack for strutting down a fashion show runway, the quirky keyboard melody doesn’t come until the track is more than halfway done.
The visual aesthetic screams West Coast. The sun-drenched scene features Valenti and his girlfriend Tarah Venn, clad in salmon-colored swim suits. Valenti, who also occasionally sports a Members Only jacket, can be seen strutting his stuff in and around the pool, periodically floating by on an inflatable flamingo. It’s totally nonsensical and over-the-top, and delightfully so. But there’s also an important late-summer reminder, if you only look for it: get in the pool and stay there, while the weather’s still nice.