Watch La Vida Boheme's 'Você': Exclusive
The Venezuelan band releases the first song and video from its upcoming third album.
Opening with a minute-and-a-half meditative introduction on life by former Uruguayan President and popular hero José “Pepe” Mujica, the magic realist-meets-City-of-God style video for La Vida Boheme’s new track, “Você,” is not the set-up for your average feel-good song.
But average is not what we expect from the Venezuelan band, whose last, Latin Grammy-winning album, Será, was an apocalyptic soundtrack that opened with a song about cemeteries in Caracas. “Você,” from La Vida Boheme’s upcoming album, echoes the “tropi-punk” style of the band’s debut Nuestra, with a rhythmic urgency that demands to be heard (and danced to) and a raw, newer urban electronic sound layered with the voice of experience.
“Você” is about you," Vida Boheme frontman Henry D'Arthenay declares to Billboard. “It’s about me...all the beauty, frustration, denial and hope (for lack of better certainties) in which we swim in our trivial, miraculous, meaningful meaningless existence.”
The video was shot in the fishing village Santa Fé de Sucre, on Venezuela’s coast, and stars a young boy (who is not a professional actor) in a familiar, tragic setting of violence. And, in this case, some hope.
“It took a lot of patience as we set out to find beauty in what already was, in places where usually beauty was not expected to be found,” D'Arthenay says. “Now, when I see the video...I see a beauty that I never even dreamt we would be able to capture and I feel grateful for it and hope that if anybody watches it they can get a little bit of that bliss that is already there in the world we live (with it’s light, with it’s darkness, with it’s gray areas).”
La Vida Boheme’s new album, La Lucha, will be released March 24 on Nacional Records. Hear “Você” and watch the video now, exclusively on Billboard.