Music Video: Polartropica, “Olympia”

0 Comments 19 June 2017

Music video for the new single by synth-pop group Polartropica.

by Daniel Barron



In April, we debuted a very DIY music video from synth-pop group Polartropica, but this new video from director Yoko Okumura has a few more bells & whistles, including a galaxy mirror set designed by Okumura, Moon Godesses, Jiu-Jitsu, ancient female gladiators. You know.


Frontwoman Ihui Cherise Wu writes of the song’s inspirations:

“Olympia” was originally written for fun, as a possible submission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but later took on more meaning in the few months after the 2016 elections as a reminder of the power of unity, love, and perseverance…and never giving up, no matter what!

The overall theme is unity and overcoming adversity together, with the advice and love from coaches, teachers, family, and friends – the things we learn from them stay with us forever, even if the person is physically not there.



Wu on the video’s symbolism:

In Japanese mythology, there are rabbits on the moon that make rice cake mochis.  We made them the female bodyguards with led superlight fan weapons. Female bodyguards are more common now than ever in China, Libya, Spain…

Wu on her favorite moments shooting the video:
There were many heart-melting moments watching Jen Spazmaster dance in consecutive scenes with her daughter – our air guitar hero – for the shoot, which took place during Mother’s Day weekend.
Polartropica will be celebrating the release of this single tomorrow night at The Bootleg Theatre on a bill that includes L.A. Girlfriend and The Broken Hearts. Purchase tickets for that here.



Photo: Olivia Hemaratanatorn


Photo: Olivia Hemaratanatorn


Photo: Olivia Hemaratanatorn


Photo: Olivia Hemaratanatorn


Photo: Olivia Hemaratanatorn



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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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