Mabe Fratti Shares New Single/Video “En Medio”

Experimental artist and composer Mabe Fratti today shared “En Medio,” the hypnotic second single from her forthcoming album Será que ahora podremos entendernos? out on June 25th via Unheard of Hope. Released alongside an otherworldly video directed by Thania Díaz and Moisés Méndez and filmed near Mexico City’s sprawling Xaltepec Volcano, “En Medio” is Fratti at her most enthralling and follows the album’s first single “Hacia el Vacío,” featuring Claire Rousay, which earned early praise and support from NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, XLR8R, BBC 6Music, and more. “This song is very different from the rest in that it has a clear and simple tempo set by a drum machine and the vocal production is a lot more spatial in contrast to others,” Fratti explains. “The lyrics address words we use to compromise ourselves, and how they seem to predetermine what plays out in some ways, when there are many chaotic things happening ‘in between’ (‘en medio’). The song was co-produced with Hugo Quezada, a member of the band Exploded View, in his studio ‘Progreso Nacional.'”

Méndez, who along with the video crew referred to the Xaltepec Volcano’s hilly, red dirt terrain as “Mars,” detailed the video’s concept: “We wanted to create something that would attract the eye, not really focused on being conceptual. As we started shooting, more ideas came to our minds, like painting a sky and burning it, which was a challenge because we almost burned ourselves (there’s a photo where Mabe doesn’t notice she’s holding a burning bottle of gasoline in her hand). But the best thing is that we got this shot we wanted: a shot of Mabe taking delicate care of the fire of a candle.”