Loyal Lobos—the artist moniker of Bogotá, Colombia-born, Los Angeles, California-based Andrea Silva—today released the vibrant, sensual video for her new single “Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad)” directed by Diego Trenas & Loyal Lobos. The song is the third released off her forthcoming debut album Everlasting, executive produced by Teddy Geiger (Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Leon Bridges) and out August 7th via AWAL. “This song talks about my experience as a human being and as a tenacious and delicate woman. I feel that the best thing I can do is to speak my truth through my songs so that it’s a story for some to listen to, a validation for those who identify with it or a threat to those who want to bring it down. Everything works,” explains Silva of the lyrics, which are sung almost entirely in Spanish. “We filmed the video between Cundinamarca, Colombia, and Big Bear, California, with the help of my friends and family, to whom I owe many favors!”
Loyal Lobos announced Everlasting last month alongside the stunning video for lead single “Whatever It Is,” which earned praise from Remezcla (Songs You Need to Hear This Week), Buzzbands.LA, The Autumn Roses, Grimy Goods, and more. Her previous Everlasting single “Criminals”—which premiered via The FADER last fall—was featured in NPR Music’s ‘Austin 100’ (“beautiful, bittersweet songs… it’s hard not to hang on her every word”).
Everlasting—a work that blends gigantic pop hooks with Latin rhythms, shoegaze, and traditional folk with dazzling, genre-blurring ambition— is, as Silva explains, “a place where there are no rules.” She sings in both English and Spanish, drawing on every part of her history just as easily as she melds influences ranging from South American folk to Cocteau Twins, the psychedelic hip-hop of Flying Lotus to the dreamy side of Mazzy Star. “I’ve never been one thing,” Silva says. “I always struggled with not fitting in one category. I felt I was too not-American to do folk music, and not Latin enough to do Latin music. For this album, I created my own space.”
Throughout Everlasting, Silva mines both her childhood memories of growing up in the Bogotá countryside and her experiences as a young adult to create poetic, painterly music that makes sweeping allusions to love, sexuality, and femininity. She calls this album her first chance to realize the full scope of her vision, and attributes its success to her creative mind-meld with Everlasting producer and collaborator Evan Voytas.
Silva and Voytas began recording her new material at the studio of acclaimed producer and songwriter Geiger, with whom Voytas has collaborated for years; Geiger liked what she heard so much that she soon stepped in as executive producer. “Teddy is like a puzzle solver, and she walked into the project with a brand new perspective and helped us focus the songs and solidify the album as one piece of work,” Silva says.