Silent Planet Releases ‘Northern Fires (Guernica)’ Video

Silent Planet has released a new video full of intense imagery and political and religious symbolism.

The Solid State Records band has long had a reputation for engaging philosophically and psychologically intense subjects, and their latest music video takes that to the next level. The video is a fusion of traditional music video and lyric video format, with annotations on almost every line of the song. Those annotations are expanded in the video description, revealing references to everything from George Orwell to Plato to the Bible. You can watch the video below.


The full list of references is as follows:

1. Spring, 1937. Spain.
2. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bells Tolls
3. Leo Tolstoy, Patriotism and Government
4. Plato, The Republic
5. Religion as a means for sustaining the rule of fascist dictator Francisco Franco from 1939-1975
6. Hugh Thomas, The Spanish Civil War
7. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge
8. Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon
9. George Orwell, 1984
10. Jacques Lacan, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
11. Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
12. Anthony Beevor, The Battle for Spain
13. American corporations, such as Texaco oil, that made large financial gains due to loyal support of Franco’s nationalist forces in Spain, and subsequently Hitler in Europe.
14. Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India
15. The Bombing of Guernica, 26 April, 1937.
16. John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: Meditation XVII
17. George Santayana, Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies
18. Matthew 26:52
19. Mario Savio

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