JESSIE REYEZ, IBEYI RELEASE ‘ROMA’ INSPIRED TRACKS
By Erin White
February 11, 2019
Look out for Colombian-Canadian artist Jessie Reyez’s new project, “Con El Viento,” a cut from upcoming Music Inspired By The Film Roma. Reyez is 1 of 5 Latinx acts collaborating on the immersive 15-track album inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed Netflix film, Roma, led by music supervisors Lynn Fainchtein and Randall Poster. The special project features music curated by Cuarón featuring international artists who each bring an extra dimension to his story.
Channeling aspects of her heritage for the Spanish-language “Con El Viento,” Reyes is an emotional song about finding your center in turbulent times and fighting to live another day.
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been in situations where I’ve felt my heart was a mess and I’ve been forced to be in public situations, and you just have to hold it together, even though you’re a fuckin’ mess inside. Even though you feel like your world’s crumbling or something’s threatening the way that you built your whole life. Something’s threatening your way of life, something’s threatening your peace and you don’t know if it’s good or bad. It’s just that inner-turmoil, but outside you need to be composed. And then all of a sudden the outside environment blows up too. … So I just thought about the times that I’ve been there and empathized.”
Also on the album is a track from French duo Ibeyi and their “Cleo, Who Takes Care Of You” — a reference to the film’s character Cleo, played by breakout actress Yalitza Aparicio, who is the live-in maid at the core of Roma. The song challenges the one-sided caretaking of Cleo only to be treated with physical and emotional neglect.
“You see her taking care of everyone,” says Ibeyi’s Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, “but who actually takes care of her?”.
Music Inspired By The Film Roma is out now on Sony Music Masterworks.