With “Motomami”, Rosalía turns pop into a brutal sensation – rts.ch

From the purest flamenco to thunderous rhythms on a reggaeton background, it is the spirit of the duende, a Hispanic metaphorical demon, which hovers and transforms the discovery of the Spanish artist Rosalía’s album “Motomami” into an almost mystical experience.

“The hidden spirit of painful Spain”, it is with these words that the writer Federico Garcia Lorca evokes in “Game and theory of the duende” these black sounds that awaken something powerful in us. This duende, he says, is Goethe who best describes it: “That mysterious power that everyone feels and that no philosopher explains”. It is the moment, in fact, in which something emerges in itself, and all around, from the order of communion, and which, as regards the flamenco of which it is the source, inevitably shouts “olé”. .

The duende must be awakened in the last resting places of the blood. It is with the duende that we really fight. The great artists of southern Spain, gypsies or flamenco players, singers, dancers or musicians, know that no emotion is possible without the arrival of the duende.

An almost religious enthusiasm

The cover of “Motomami”, Rosalía’s album. [Columbia Records – DR]Today’s music press is shaken by unanimous, almost religious enthusiasm for Rosalía’s new album, “Motomami”, released a few weeks ago. There is even a lack of superlatives to evoke the work of this young Spanish artist, known on the dance floor and in teenage radio, who flies away at the top of sales and brings together audiences and specialists. What’s going on here? Well the duende.

The Spaniard knows how to play with her charm and her lyrical flights, but it is certain that she knows what she is doing, and masters the forces she mobilizes in this extraordinary album, because it comes from the purest and hardest flamenco of the peninsula. And she opens her album with the powerful “Saoko” where she keeps repeating “Yo me transformo”, “I transform”. Artistically, intimately, deeply.

>> To see, the clip of “Saoko”:

Rosalía adopts an attitude of dizzying femininity, not far from that of Beyoncé in some clips elsewhere, who seems weak in relation, because too strong. Rosalía crosses the entire spectrum of femininity, from the mischievous numbness between the wrinkled sheets to the sexual energy of the half-naked Amazon on an artifact horse, of the nice girl who respects her mother, who gives the word itself, to remind us how essential family is .

There is Rosalía, the ultra imaginative producer who plays between shocks, the cute singer who gets up very high and lifts the heart with her candid tunes, the rapper you shouldn’t look too much for, who flirts with the vulgarity of the evenings from drunk of the nightclub with a reggaeton background. From the gang of poisonous girls to the Kawaii girls having fun in “Chicken Terriyaki”.

From flamenco to thunderous rhythms

In this album that goes in all directions without getting lost, the spirit of Carmen Amaya and all these dancers in disguise for a while, these old ladies with chiseled voices, the crocheted shawls that come off their shoulders and wipe the sweat, the frenetic nights rhythms of music that mobilize God or the devil, it depends, and leave us speechless. Thundering rhythms like tap dance on wooden floors, the use of auto-tune as when the voice has to divide to let the light in.

>> To see, the clip of “Chicken Terriyaki”:

Flamenco, the spirit of the frills in the dust, the castanets that sawed off the fingers, the hyper-arches that push the breasts to heaven and Calvary to earth. Rosalía uses and transforms pop into a brutal, pleasant, purgative sensation, as if to burp with inconsolable pain, praise beauty, remind us that we come into the world between women’s legs, in love, in blood and in shit, and how much it’s nice to sit with all our curves, curling our hair and chewing gum on the so-called weakness where we always try to deceive women.

Radio subject: Julie Henoch

Web adaptation: Lara Donnet

Rosalia, “Motomami” (Columbia Records / SonyMusic).

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