Inside Rudy de Anda's 'Helado'
"Helado" is the embodiment of a journey through the entire spectrum of Chicano music that Rudy de Anda presents among California landscapes.
On Dec. 22, Rudy De Anda released a new warm video clip accompanying "Helado" as part of a final promotion of the album Tender Epoch. The project, featuring 13 songs, was published earlier in December and covers all aspects of the Chicano sound, and reveal the artist as one of the shining stars of Latin independent music.
For those who do not know him, he usually defines his musical style as mysterious luminous psycho-pop. The label may seem bizarre, but those who have heard him know that it actually defines his ability to move from psychedelic grunge to indie boleros that always try to reflect the sun and the sensations of Long Beach.
Rudy is Mexican-American, and the son of immigrants that settled in California. Mixing and hybridization have been present since the beginning of his discography ,and he affirms that he considers it a great honor to be able to represent the new intersections of territories and legacies.
There is even a song in Catalan on the new album ("Cavallet del mar").
The video clip, directed by Adam Neustadter, uses a nostalgic filter to show us Chicago and California with Latin characters like Rudy himself, mariachis, and a modern dancer in white — played by model Sydney Shafer.
All of this is inhabited by positive lyrics that embody the aforementioned luminous psychedelia of catchy melodies and pop guitars.
In an interview for Lady Gunn in which he presented "Helado" and Tender Epoch, De Anda shared how this fascinating mixture, he believes, comes from its chameleon-like character and even the intentions behind innocent rhymes.
"Of all the songs on the record, 'Helado,' I would say, has the most non-serious lyrical subject matter. The emphasis was mostly on the rhythmic quality of the track, so I took a page from the old cumbia, salsa playbook and just added lyrics that were slightly silly but rhymed and bounced off the melody well," he said.