Ibeyi—comprised of French twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz—unveil their latest musical offering “Lavender & Red Roses” featuring Jorja Smith. The single, joined by an accompanying visual effort, is the duo’s third pre-release single ahead of their forthcoming third studio album Spell 31, out on May 6th.
A love song in essence, the single was written after Jorja came to the studio to hear the entire album, and fell instantly in love with the song. Lyrically, “Lavender & Red Roses” explores that familiar, desperate desire to help someone, yet it culminates in the realization that even if you want to save someone, you can’t. The Lucrecia Taormina-directed video arrives as some of their strongest work to date.
“We knew we wanted to create something with Jorja that would be different from what we’ve done previously that would allow us to connect with the true meaning of the song. When we came across the three sisters of fate from the Greek mythology that personify fate we knew immediately that it would be the right idea. Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos are sisters, one of them creates the thread of fate, the other analyses it and the third one cuts it,” says Lisa-Kaindé.
She adds, “’Lavender and Red Roses’ is a song about the feeling we all experience when we love someone troubled. It could be a partner, a sibling, a parent, a friend. We wanted to talk about the pain of witnessing a loved one hurting, repeating patterns and getting lost. And how it triggers in us the desire to reach them, hold them tight and wash their troubles away with lavender and red roses. But the truth is you can’t save them, if they pull you into their darkness, you will have to protect yourself, and allow them to find their own strength and light, their own way.”
“Lavender & Red Roses” comes after Ibeyi’s “Sister 2 Sister” and “Made of Gold,” which was released towards the latter of last year. Watch their latest video below.
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