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PREMIÈRE: Brazil’s ÀIYÉ Stops To Breathe In New Video ‘Pulmão’

By | 27 May, 2020

Taken from ÀIYÉ‘s recently-released EP Gratitrevas, “Pulmão” is an evocation for us all to stop and take a breathe, while also understanding the complexities of life. Or as ÀIYÉ puts it: “Life’s contradictions are like this: The air that is vital for my breathing is also responsible for oxidising my organs. Nature teaches us in-between the lines. We need to pay attention because there is always a new lesson.” Within this context, the chorus of “Enche meu pulmão mas desgasta os meus ossos” (it fills my lungs, but wears out my bones) makes perfect sense.

The video for “Pulmão” was filmed in the regions of Alentejo and Vale do Tejo in Portugal. For ÀIYÉ, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, sonic artist and activist from Rio de Janeiro, whose real name is Larissa Conforto, it was a magical experience: “It was a day of travel with friends, very beautiful and intense in the Alentejo. We left early at the turn of the full moon in August and, over the 25 de abril bridge, the moon said goodbye on one side, bright and yellow, while the sun rose on the other. We were in such powerful places, among cliffs, dunes and plains, that I stayed a long time after the emotions calmed down.”.

The video was filmed before lockdown, by the director Marina Abadjieff, but not edited until the quarantine had hit, adding extra levels of emotion to the final product. “I think maybe the present moment reinforces the intention and intensity of this song. It’s about finding inner time and space, to deal with the complexities and excessive demands on the internet era”, reflects Larissa.

Watch “Pulmão” below:


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