iLe has released a new single/video “Temes” available today at all digital music stores. “Temes” presents a somber, direct questioning of machismo. In the video directed by iLe’s sister Milena Pérez Joglar, intimate camera shots reveal a story of painful aggression. iLe questions – point blank – “why do you fear me?” She redefines machismo as a psychological expression of terror.
“The song ‘Temes’ has nothing to do with romance,” iLe explains. “Instead it is a defiant bolero that exposes one of patriarchy’s darkest blind spots: ‘machismo’ is more than an expression of power, it is a weak and horrifying reaction of fear.”
“A strong bass and soothing guitar followed by an organ solo, leading the way to a song that intends to dance one through the rough reality we are still living and hopefully transform it.”
“Temes” follows iLe’s single “Odio” which was described last year by Pitchfork as “A protest song in the most righteous tradition.” These two tracks preview iLe’s sophomore album which will be released this spring. The album is the follow-up to her GRAMMY winning solo debut ‘iLevitable‘ which was acclaimed in The New York Times, The FADER, NPR and more.
“Odio” looks at how we can all kill the hate that destroys us. “We are still manipulated by the hate that we feed,” iLe says. “If we want to live in a world guided by love, we have to make the effort to look within, and be willing to find ourselves in our fellow human beings.”
The official “Odio” music video recreates an important moment in Puerto Rican history – the Cerro Maravilla massacre and government cover-up of 1978. Cerro Maravilla is widely considered to be one of the biggest assassination cover-ups by the Puerto Rican and U.S. governments in which two young pro-independence activists were murdered in a police ambush.