We’ve been tracking Mexican indie star Silvana Estrada for some time now. The 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist has given us in drips and drabs what is now a debut album that will be released on January 21 through Glassnote Records.
Titled “Marchita,” Silvana Estrada’s debut album had a fruitful preamble that left her fans wanting more. Between the album’s first two singles, “Tristeza” and the album’s title track, Estrada now also delivers the new version of her anthem, “Te Guardo,” along with an official video.
“This is a pivotal song in the story of the album, a kind of incantation,” Silvana says. “I was experiencing a sudden infatuation, and upon the intensity of my emotions, I ran home with the words on the tip of my tongue, trying to speak about a love that seemed impossible, and that yet in some way, I felt reciprocated. When we re-recorded this song, we slowed it down considerably and discovered that it took on a more sensual feel that pulls you in. It became sweeter and more intimate.”
The “Te Guardo” music video was filmed in Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic, and directed by Karla Read and Edwin Erazo. “The video is a tribute to sweetness and its delicacy,” Silvana explains, “For me, it is a metaphor of what is born and what is sown. This is the ‘seed’ song that started it all.”
As the artist explained in a press release, “Marchita” came to Silvana after falling in love for the first time and a breakup that eventually led her to embrace herself and fiercely defend her own unique voice. Silvana speaks of the withering away of what was, but ultimately, of the sprouting of something new.
Silvana has already been hailed as “one of Mexico’s greatest young talents and vocalists” by Jose Galvan of KCRW. She has performed and recorded with artists such as Natalia Lafourcade, who, like Silvana, grew up outside of Veracruz and Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler and Chilean Mon Laferte.
Following Lafourcade’s footsteps, Estrada has become one of the most important female voices on the Latin American indie scene. Although she is a multi-instrumentalist by training, Silvana has become famous for her interpretation of the Venezuelan cuatro, whose small body and warm sound adapts to her hands and synchronizes with the undulating variations of her voice.
Raised singing Mexican son jarocho and baroque choir music and schooled in jazz, she is an iconoclast who dismisses musical trends for a personal, poetic style that goes straight to the heart of listeners. “My music is made of who I am,” she says.