The multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, and cellist, Dom La Nena’s latest album, Tempo, is about time. The critically acclaimed release, which was recently chosen as one of NPR Alt.Latino’s best albums of 2021, dropped earlier this year on digital and CD formats. The vinyl version is finally out on Six Degrees Records. To celebrate, Dom is releasing a new music video for “Vejo Passar” directed by Jeramiah Derathe, known for his work with REM, Tinariwen, Jane Birkin, Piers Faccini, and Dom La Nena to name a few.
With its blend of pop, world, and chamber music, you may hear Tempo as a response to, or a respite from, difficult times. And you wouldn’t be wrong, although La Nena says that wasn’t intentional. “Composing and writing are a mysterious and very unconscious process for me. Everything in my life is a source of inspiration and has had an influence on my music and lyrics. I’ve become a mother recently and it has raised a lot of questions about the value of time and life. Consequently some of these questions are very present on the album: Birth, anticipation, aging, death” comments Dom La Nena.
Tempo may sound like a lush tapestry of synthesizers, strings, and percussion instruments but really the album is a remarkable display of Dom La Nena’s arranging and orchestrating abilities. She created all the sounds on the album herself, using layers of her voice, her cello, and a few piano parts. Even the percussion sounds were made on the cello. “My intention on this album was to explore new ways to use my instrument, to change the original sound of the instrument and take it somewhere else,” she says.
With this album the Brazilian-born, Paris-based artist created a series of small, crystalline moments – sometimes sunny, often dreamy, and occasionally laced with that beautiful nostalgia the Brazilians call saudade. As the challenging year of 2020 comes to a close, the story of Tempo continues with its 11/19 release on full length vinyl, a beautiful new remix by Peruvian ensemble Novalima, of Dom’s stunning duet with American born, Mexican superstar Julieta Venegas “Quien Podra Saberlo” on 12/1 & a new video for the track “Vejo Passar,” directed by Dom’s long time visual partner, filmaker Jeremiah.
Purchase Vinyl: https://domlanenamusic.bandcamp.com/album/tempo
Listen and save “Quien Podra Saberlo” (Novalima Remix): http://domjulieta.lnk.to/quienremix
Watch “Vejo Passar”: https://youtu.be/6p02Tzah5JA