Venezuelan singer-songwriter Ane Diaz is releasing her new song “Clavelito Colorado” on May 11, a subdued track that narrates the life of a cowboy who is too busy and burdened to pick a carnation he sees on the road during his travels. The latest single off of her upcoming album of reimagined Venezuelan folk songs Despechada, the haunting “Clavelito Colorado” opens nearly acapella, with Diaz’s emotive, powerful vocals which are eventually paired with strong sounds of guitar strings and intense, steady drums, juxtaposing the beauty in her voice with the roughness of the instruments. Alongside the song release, Diaz visualizes “Clavelito Colorado” with a music video of looped oil paintings, moving swiftly through the different faces of townspeople. Directed by Nathalia Pizarro, the video was created using Stable Diffusion, a deep learning text-to-image tool that is able to create images through text description.
The tracks on Despehcada were handpicked by Ane’s mother, and on the nuanced meaning of the album Ane says, “Despechada means heartbroken or without your soul. It’s a very powerful word used for love affairs, but that’s also how I feel about losing my country.”
In celebration of her debut album and in support of the psychedelic Indian classical music collective Liberate Elemental Forces, Ane Diaz will be playing her record release show at Los Angeles’s Zebulon on June 12, three days after the official release of the album on June 9.