Back in April when we profiled the new faces of Chilean pop music, we briefly mentioned Santiago quartet Playa Gótica as one of the city’s rising stars. The band has gotten a major co-sign from one of the local scene’s biggest names: Milton Mahan. Not only does frontwoman Fanny Leona appear on the Mahan-produced “La Lava,” one of Dënver’s latest tracks, Mahan also directed a recent music video and produced Playa Gótica’s upcoming debut album alongside collaborator Pablo Muñoz. The album is still untitled and has no specific release date, but now we can preview it through the music video for their single “Fuego.”
The video was directed by Bernardo Quesney in Chile, and it showcases the band in a stunning mountain landscape, playing with fire and rocking out in the forest. Though the band members look snug in their jackets and sweaters, the fire is both literal and figurative, thanks to the heat of the song’s funky bass line. Towards the end of the clip, the camera changes to a vintage camcorder, giving off some major home video vibes.
Playa Gótica are joining Buscabulla at the Boricua band’s Chilean debut this Thursday at Club Subterráneo, which will be broadcasted live on Converse Chile’s Facebook page. We wanted the foursome to guide us through the music that inspired their sound, so they curated a special Apple Music playlist for us. Their selections go from punk (Ramones, The Misfits) to local icons (Los Prisioneros, Javiera Mena) to Culture Club and Kero Kero Bonito. They also wear their true gothic hearts on their sleeves with some classic Siouxsie and The Banshees.
Stream the playlist on Apple Music below: