Pluto's eclectic first album Redlight Syndrome showcased the guitars and paired vocals of Tim Arnold and onetime child actor Milan Borich. Record company conflicts helped delay rockier follow-up Pipeline under the Ocean until 2005; but the results sold far better, and 'Long White Cross' won single of the year at the 2006 NZ Music Awards. A fourth Pluto album never eventuated, after the band effectively split in two: the Borich and Arnold-led Debbie and the Downers, and Nightchoir, with vocals by former Pluto/Brunettes bassist Mike Hall.
This video goes for the patented band playing moodily in a warehouse approach. The debut single from Pluto's long in gestation second album is built around drums, guitar and the band's distinctive vocal sound. The lyrics to 'Long White Cloud' trade in tiredness, confusion and a woman who is kind, but no longer on the scene. Judged single of the year at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards, it was also nominated for the Silver Scroll songwriting award. The song went on to feature during the water-logged opening titles of border security drama Orange Roughies.
A song that manages to feel fast and gentle all at once, 'Hey Little' marked the first single for Auckland band Pluto. The low-tech stylings of the music video evoke the feel of a home movie; the shots of children, pets and good times with friends and family are an appropriate match to the lyrics, which evoke a parent talking affectionately to a child. 'Hey Little' vocalist Milan Borich was first seen in front of the cameras at age 12, as one of the stars of 1940s-set TV drama The Champion.