Gentle Party is a chamber pop trio that pioneers an expansive sound distinct to their West Coast roots. The band are sharing a series of three videos from their upcoming album, God Complex, beginning with “Unsafe.”
“Unsafe” is a gentle, harp led incantation sung from the perspective of a sexual assault survivor addressing her abuser in court. She wants to subject him to extreme vulnerability to understand her experience and feelings.
Gentle Party chose to visualize the prejudice that people can carry towards survivors by veiling the video’s actors in different colours. Their veils match the guilty party’s in the beginning of the video, but by the end they are removed to reveal teal coloured veils – the colour used to represent sexual assault awareness.
The group shares:
We wrote “Unsafe” from the perspective of a sexual assault survivor on the stand wanting her abuser to feel what she feels. It’s an incantation to reverse their positions and subject him to experience extreme vulnerability. We visualized prejudice against others by showing people veiled in different colours. At the beginning of the video they wear veils that are the same colour as the guilty party, which is meant to show society’s knee jerk reaction to not believe women. But by the end, when they’ve heard her story, they remove it to reveal a teal veil which is the colour of Sexual Abuse Survivor Awareness.
Note the dreamy sounds of the harp, violin and pedals.