When the mysticism of Puerto Rico meets Mexican romanticism, an almost perfect song is born.
iLe and Natalia Lafourcade give us what promises to be one of the best and most powerful musical collaborations of the year with their new song “En Cantos,” which premieres a new video full of unique symbolism.
Directed by Alejandro Pedrosa and filmed in Mexico City, the video shows two of the most important female voices in Latin America in a barbershop, and suspended in time and space when a male character enters, becoming an object of desire for both.
“The music video intends to portray this unreachable person that we, as characters, needed to feel closer to by distilling an enigmatic drink made from different traces of himself,” said iLe in a press release.
With a cameo of the female humidity, the Puerto Rican singer’s new video is quickly filled with important cultural symbols, such as the luminous halo of religious images, tears of blood, and a powerful interrelationship between desire and devotion, typical of our idiosyncrasy.
“It means ‘in-pieces’ and if put together as one word it means ‘enchantment.’ This song is about the uncontrollable curiosity that comes from creating this ‘mystical someone’ who we believe makes us feel complete,” iLe added. “A strong sensory feeling that moves us towards the satisfaction of fulfilling what we desire.”
In an almost magnetic dance, the two singers move to a sorcery scene, where they incorporate the “essence” of the man in the other room.
Musically, the piece plays again with the traditional melodies of the island together with that electronic touch both singers often merge in their compositions. Between the hypnotic bolero of iLe and the painful lyrics typical of the Mexican tradition, this is definitely a jewel of the Latin music of the moment.
After launching her solo career, iLe distinguished herself from her brothers in the Calle 13 ensemble by becoming a unique female voice in the continent’s repertoire. Her latest album Almadura won her recognition from media outlets such as the New York Times, which ranked her as one of the best albums of 2019.
Lafourcade, meanwhile, has more than ten Grammy awards under her belt, and is now a benchmark for Latin American music.