Mateo Kingman’s “Sendero Del Monte” Video Is An Ecuadorian Hip-Hop Odyssey

His new album Respira is out on August 12 on AYA Records

When Mateo Kingman spoke with The FADER last year, the Ecuadorian musician laid out his artistic vision: "to develop and experiment with our past music and what we are today." The music video for “Sendero Del Monte” visualizes this journey of self-discovery. Trapped in a cave's darkness, Kingman is gifted a colorful mask and, upon wearing it, is treated to glorious, angelic visions. The powerful, psychedelic images, directed by Camilo Coba Riofrio, underscore the song's hybridity: chillwave-y production and powerful kicks weave perfectly with organic percussion and Kingman's melodies, which seem to come from somewhere deep within him.

“'Sendero del Monte' is a song I wrote after a journey along paths deep into the jungle, a place full of spirits," Kingman told The FADER over email. "It’s a search for the cure to all the ills of mankind, a walk in the woods, in which I become part of all the things living there: plants, animals, rivers, the wind, waterfalls. At the end, I meet a woman bird who transports me to an invisible world where I finally find the cure. And the cure is love."

Mateo Kingman's new album Respira is out on August 12 on AYA Records.

Thumbnail photo by Hernan Jimenez

Mateo Kingman’s “Sendero Del Monte” Video Is An Ecuadorian Hip-Hop Odyssey