Fémina, the Argentine trio that’s consistently bewildered listeners for the last few years, released their song ‘Arriba’ today- a song about shedding old skin to understand what’s beneath it. It’s with this song that they begin to welcome their new album, Perlas & Conchas, into the world. Out on April 5, the group’s third album was recorded and produced by British mastermind Quantic in his New York-based Selva Studios.
Fémina is made up of Clara Miglioli and sisters Sofia (Toti) and Clara (Wewi) Trucco- all having grown up together in the idyllic San Martín De Los Andes in Patagonia. After moving to Buenos Aires, the trio gained popularity locally very quickly, many fascinated by how they seamlessly combined hip hop and traditional Andean rhythms.
After their debut in 2011 with Deshice De Mi, their sophomore album, Traspasa (2014), notched up nearly 6 million plays on Spotify with the song “Buen Viaje”. Since then Fémina have grown the world-over garnering praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard and KEXP racking up hundreds of thousands of online plays. After rock legend Iggy Pop repeatedly featured Fémina on his BBC 6Music radio show, they were invited to his home in Miami whilst on tour in the US, laying the groundwork for their collaboration on the new album.
The title “Perlas&Conchas” translates to Pearls and Shells; a reference to the process through which a pearl is created: a speck of dirt, encased in a shell, turned into an object of wonder.
They want to do the same thing with their music: to take dark, difficult situations and turn them into positivity.
Working with Quantic on this album proved to be crucial in realizing many of the group’s ideas- “The idea from the beginning was to get together and experiment, the four of us,” Sofia says. Multi–talented with immense experience as a producer, remixer and musician, Quantic’s previous credits include the Quantic Soul Orchestra (Tru Thoughts) and inter-generational Colombian supergroup Ondatrópica (Soundway). His experience as a keen outsider to Latin American music made him the perfect foil for the group’s globally-minded ambitions: a sound rooted in the history of their home continent but shaped into new and exciting forms.
Perlas & Conchas is a record with many twists, turns, and complexities. It’s out on April 5.