FEMINISTRY IS HERE exhibiter Lido Pimienta signed to ANTI- Records earlier this year. December 7 saw the re-release of ‘La Papessa’, now on LP. The Polaris Music Prize winner, dubbed “the future of Canadian rock and roll” by The Globe and Mail, should be incredibly proud of this earth shattering album. It certainly deserves a re-release and you can now own a slice to add to your vinyl collection (other formats are available).
The album opens with single ‘Agua’, opening with synth dancing over beats like slices of watermelon. It’s superbly refreshing before bottoming out to just Pimienta’s vocals over scantily clad beats. Music and art are one for Pimienta, her artwork and videos are accurate representations of her music. This is what it’s like to live in the world of the synesthesic.
‘La Capacidad’ next with another arresting video. It’s Lemonade-esque, with the video breaking down to Pimienta chatting with friends about being in an abusive relationship. Pimienta identifies as queer and is of mixed Afro-Colombian and Wayuu descent. She is also a single mother. Most importantly, she uses her voice to speak out against inequalities. Through art, she explores “the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular.”
Pimienta collaborates with Diana Pereira, Las Acevedo, Melody McKiver and Andrea Echeverri on this diverse and rousing collection. ‘Para Quererte’ and ‘En Un Minuto’ stand out as mini masterpieces. We need voices like Pimienta’s, she is helping to create a space. Pimienta is the next wave, pushing forward to disrupt the framework we all sleepwalked into. I can’t wait to see what she does next.