Inspired by the personal conflict she feels towards her Colombian homeland; Lido Pimienta‘s single ‘No Pude’ is a magnetic exploration of what it means to give up trying. It’s the first track the Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary artist has shared since her award winning self-released album, La Papessa, in 2016.
Pimienta has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity, and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular. On ‘No Pude’, which roughly translates as “I could not”, her heartfelt vocals lilt over eccentric percussion and avant-garde synth textures. The track is accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Fitto Segura, with art direction from Orly Anan.
Pimienta comments further on the meaning behind the track: “In the context of the song, [‘No Pude’] means something to the effect of “I am tired of trying”. The words speak directly to the sense of dread and constant anxiety my home country gives me. ‘No Pude’ sums up the love/hate relationship I have with Colombia. I hold Colombia close to my heart and my soul, but that loves turns into rage and shame as fast as a match takes to burn.” Pimienta has a clear ability to turn complex emotions into smoldering soundscapes.
Photo Credit Andrés Navarro Aguilera