Silvana Estrada Bares Her Heart in New Single ‘Tristeza’

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Photo courtesy of Sol Talamantes.

The most painful and honest songs are usually unforgettable ones. This is the feeling that Mexican indie star Silvana Estrada conveys in her new single “Tristeza.”

At only 24 years old, Estrada shows us an honest and fragile face, with taciturn chords that invite us to face the hardest of truths: the end of a love story.

In “Tristeza,” Silvana Estrada faces the stubborn cloud of sadness that paralyzed her after her love affair, letting music set her free.

“‘Tristeza’ is probably the most therapeutic of all my compositions,” she explains. “I believe it’s the first song where I assimilate my break-up and ask to be healed.”

“Tristeza” is accompanied by a cinematic music video filmed in Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic, directed by Karla Read and Edwin Erazo. In the video, water is an ever-present element in which Silvana is navigating. It cleanses, but it does not go away, like sadness.

“Tristeza” follows the recent single “Marchita,” which was featured on The New York Times “Playlist” and NPR‘s Weekend Edition. “Marchita” came to Silvana after falling in love for the first time and a breakup that ultimately 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 Estrada’s voice is today one of the most powerful on the Latin American scene, following in the tradition of other icons such as Natalia Lafourcade, with whom she has already performed and recorded, and Chile’s Mon Laferte.

A multi-instrumentalist, Silvana plays mostly the Venezuelan cuatro, whose small body and warm sound adapts to her hands and synchronizes with the undulating variations of her voice. In fact, for those who grew up with traditional Latin American music, it is impossible not to see traces of Simón Díaz or Violeta Parra in Estrada’s songs.

Raised singing Mexican son jarocho and baroque choral music and educated in jazz, she is an iconoclast who discards musical trends in favor of a personal and poetic style that goes straight to the listener’s heart.

“My music is made of who I am,” she says.

To the delight of her fans, Silvana will embark on her first U.S. tour starting next week as the opening act for Rodrigo y Gabriela. 

She has recently toured extensively throughout Spain, including prestigious festivals from La Mar de Músicas to Jardines de Pedralbes and iconic venues such as the Royal Palace in Madrid.