Natalia Lafourcade is sitting in the kitchen at her home in Veracruz, Mexico, drinking a cup of coffee, wearing a black huipil –a common traditional garment worn by Mexican women—embroidered with beautiful yellow flowers. “It’s a huipil from Veracruz. A gift from one of my fans,” she explains. “I really went all out with my folk,” she says with a smile.
Although we’re talking outfits, Lafourcade is referring to music as well, specifically her new album, Un canto por México (A song for Mexico). Released today, the album is a love song to Lafourcade’s Mexico; a tour of the country’s folklore executed with the loving attention to detail and authenticity of a genuine folk album, but wrapped into the commercially appealing structure of a pop artist who has dared to stretch her boundaries in extraordinary ways.
Lafourcade, ostensibly an alternative act in her beginnings, has slowly been turning inward in the past few years. In 2016, she won a Grammy for best latin rock, urban or alternative album for Hasta La Raíz, a set of mostly original material which began to explore the roots of Mexican folklore. Then, in 2017 and 2018, her Musas and Musas Vol. 2, both homages to Latin American folklore alongside guitar duo Los Macorinos, won Latin Grammys for best folk album.