Premiere: Y La Bamba, "Juniper"



Opening line My temple has been compromised/ I was meant to rise/ six feet above my bed takes on a heavy meaning when you know Y La Bamba singer Luz Elena was inspired by a loss of her Mexican Catholic faith after becoming incredibly ill. Can't help but think of Frida Kahlo, who poured her own sick-frustration into a similar vein of haunting, surreal art, reflecting the overwhelming desire to escape the confines of one's own physicality. And speaking of rising, Elena's voice floats like some kind of cirrus cloud over the oceanic psych-folk tones on "Juniper," where religious imagery weighs heavy on her psyche but can't keep her spirit down. The Portland native's forthcoming, gorgeous full-length, Lupon (produced by The Decemberists' Chris Funk and out September 28 on Tender Loving Empire), completes the song cycle, offering personal deliverance where the church could not.

Y La Bamba, "Juniper"







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Premiere: Y La Bamba, "Juniper"