Chilean pop trio Planeta No sound like they spent their teenaged years locked away in their bedrooms, writing in their journals and writing academic essays about their favorite indie-pop records of the early 2000s. There’s an unexpected edge to their music, though: the trio’s debut album is called Odio (Hate) and their two most recent videos both end quite violently.
The group first caught my attention a while back with “Señorita,” a sweet-sounding song whose video managed to address gender and class in very unexpected ways. Two girls help their friend navigate the unfamiliar world of bra stuffing and walking in heels, while at night they set bus shelters on fire and beat up wealthy pedestrians. The dark, grainy video gives the story an effect of being quite realistic (although whether that was stylistic choice or financial necessity I have no idea.) Homelessness and job insecurity are serious concerns for the trans community, but it’s rare to see economic disparities laid out so bluntly in a pop video.
Last week they released the video for “Sol a Sol,” the first single from Odio, which is out this week. For all the shimmery disco swells in the production, Singer Gonzalo Garcia’s lyrics focus on the self-destructive effects of depression.
Stylistically, the video’s not much like “Señorita” at all. It’s a brightly-colored narrative about a geeky stalker victimizing a quintet of girls played by well-known members of the Chilean cosplay community, including Chofi Rouge and Britany Angelus. The video’s candy-colored, but it’s pretty disturbing watching this guy get increasingly closer to his oblivious prey. Don’t worry, though: while the guy gets off (and boy is that part icky), the girls get their revenge at the end.
While the video for “Señorita” had a clear anti-authority ethos and an optimistic “don’t let them keep you down” vibe, “Sol a Sol” has a more nuanced message. These women are performing for fun, for each other, and the fact that they’re in costume doesn’t mean that they’re on display for some creep’s sexual pleasure. Whether or not you agree with the video’s ending, the video’s pretty boundary-pushing for such a low-key bedroom disco song.