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WATCH: Mon Laferte Prepares Herself for Death in “Tenochtitlán” Music Video

Mon Laferte is on a roll. Following her surprise release “Te Juro Que Volveré” last week, the Chilean singer-songwriter is ready to show more of what she’s been working on. On Aug. 24, she released her newest trip-hop, experimental track “Tenochtitlán,” the first taste of her upcoming album. She also dropped a new cinematic music video to go with it.

“The song is about how I’ve come to feel,” the emblematic singer said in a press statement. “I can assure you that all people have been judged by prejudices at some point.”

The music video, directed by the Chilean creative Camila Grandi, features distorted photographs, rituals, and recreated artistic scenes inspired by The Passion of the Christ. Grandi’s vision references Mexican culture, Catholicism, and the Muxe. She also incorporates photographs by the Mexican artist Graciela Iturbide. During the cinematic visuals, we see glimpses of Mon getting covered in rocks and being recorded by people. We also see people throwing stones at her.

Moreover, we also see the distinguished singer dressed in an all-black suit, sitting on a wooden chair as she sings her powerful lyrics about a judged woman. Another frame shows her covered in Mexican marigolds, getting blessed by someone who signals the sign of the cross on her, preparing her for her death. Towards the end of the video, she’s shown naked on top of a wooden cross as she recites a Hail Mary prayer. 

Up next, Mon Laferte is preparing to release what sounds like her most ambitious musical project yet. “I wanted to try different things from the previous albums. I’m very excited; I feel like it’s my best record yet,” she said in the same press statement. The new album will follow her latest record, 1940 Carmen, released in 2021.

Watch the official music video for “Tenochtitlán” below.