In the new video for “Locura,” Chilean pop singer Alex Anwandter sees red. It leads with a trash fire, symbolizing the chaotic, oppressive state of global politics. The song is the lead single off Anwandter’s upcoming album, Latinoamericana, out October 12th on Nacional Records.
“The video for ‘Locura’ is a visual analogy of the feeling I had when I wrote the song,” Anwandter told Rolling Stone via email. “Watching the world burn, watching Trump all over the news 24/7, watching South America go crazy following fascist leaders, part of the world wanting to go back to a time when authoritarian men ruled and queer people and minorities were openly and explicitly oppressed.”
Filmed in Chile and directed by Anwandter, the video shows the artist onstage and seated in the audience, inundated by a creeping sense of unease. Other participants represent a diverse array of Latin American people: a middle-aged woman tapping a cowbell, a male mariachi singer, a black woman in Carnival garb. Ominous images of President Trump flash intermittently on the screen. Wielding a gun and a tube of lipstick, Anwandter reels from the rage while behind the wheel of his car, ready to combust at any second.
“It’s sometimes a bizarre feeling to ‘perform’ as an artist in a context like this one,” he continues. “In the video I’m looking at myself from the audience as I perform: the performer is distraught by what he sees, while I have violent fantasies from within the audience.”