Track Of The Day: Lido Pimienta – ‘No Pude’

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.

Watch the video for ‘No Pude’ below, and follow Lido Pimienta on Facebook & Spotify for more updates.

Photo Credit Andrés Navarro Aguilera

Kate Crudgington

WATCH: Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘Hot Pink’

“‘Hot Pink’ is about the misconceptions of femininity and masculinity and the power of embracing both of them,”explain Let’s Eat Grandma about their colourful new track. “It’s about self-expression, as well as appreciation for an underrated colour.”

Together, teenage multi-instrumentalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth create exhilarating blasts of fervently obnoxious noise to turn gender politics upside down, and their new video for ‘Hot Pink’ sees them tearing through the city doing just that. Released through Transgressive Records last week, the track’s accompanying video was directed by Balan Evans. Commenting on the footage, Let’s Eat Grandma explain: “We’re trying to navigate through a city where people’s perceptions of reality are becoming more and more distorted in the fear that we’ll end up the same way.”

After the cult success of their debut album, I, Gemini, it’s great to see the duo are back with this attention-grabbing new single. Following a headline show at Lightbox in Vauxhall on March 8th (which is now sold out), Let’s Eat Grandma will perform a run of UK and European headline tour dates throughout April.

Watch the video for ‘Hot Pink’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Let’s Eat Grandma Live Dates

Thu 08 Mar 2018 UK, London – Lightbox (SOLD OUT)
Wed 04 Apr 2018 UK, Glasgow – Stereo
Thu 05 Apr 2018 UK, Newcastle – The Riverside
Sat 07 Apr 2018 UK, Leeds – Belgrave
Sun 08 Apr 2018 UK, Sheffield – The Plug
Mon 09 Apr 2018 UK, Manchester – The Deaf Institute
Wed 11 Apr 2018 UK, Birmingham – The Castle and Falcon
Thu 12 Apr 2018 UK, Cardiff – The Globe
Fri 13 Apr 2018 UK, Bristol – The Lantern

Kate Crudgington