Javiera Mena puts women at the center of "La isla de Lesbos"
She invites women to "a moon ritual on the island of Lesbos," in an appeal to free love
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“La isla de Lesbos” is the latest song by Chilean singer Javiera Mena. It's another hit that follows her musical style based on electropop, and the accompanying music video stars exclusively women.
Dressed in an elegant white dress and gold jewelry, Mena appears going down the stairs of a hotel to reach a sunny pool, where a group of women are swimming, chatting and having drinks. She invites them to do "a moon ritual on the island of Lesbos," in a direct appeal to free love.
“Beyond good and evil, you have to try it, the island of Lesbos. Beyond good and evil, you have to visit, the island of Lesbos,” she sings in the chorus.
The song is a single off her next album that will be released in September. Nocturna will be her fifth studio album. The Chilean was very clear about her intentions with the new album.
“These are songs that I have been releasing during the pandemic. We wanted to release this video on a full moon to be under this energy with which women feel so connected. We are influenced by the moon, intuitive people and in line with the cosmos,” said Mena
The title of the single is inspired by Sappho, one of the great poets of ancient Greece, although it also has a more explicit meaning.
“The island of Lesbos is a premium experience, which is rarely associated with the lesbian world. We wanted to present lesbians as a group of high quality professionals. The idea was not to put them while touching each other. It's something more real, a lesbian party where everyone knows each other,” she said.
Unlike so many Latin music videos, with repetitive female beauty canons, Mena and her team opted to include women with diverse body types and without excessive performance or makeup. The finished product is more natural, smiling and pure. During the video, the protagonist looks for a partner younger than her.
The music was recorded in a high-class hotel in Buenos Aires, and the Chilean wanted to reflect an island where women connect and enjoy, but without making it a sexual place.
“Lesbians for consumption are young and hegemonic women. We wanted to show diversity. It's like re-appropriating the term lesbian," said Michelle Gualda, director of the video.
Mena was surrounded by music all her life. As a child, she was part of a church choir, and began studying at the ProJazz Academy in Santiago when she was very young. After forming several independent rock bands, she created the Tele-Visa duo with Francisca Villela. In 2006, she started her solo career with her debut album Esquemas Juveniles. With her album Otra era, she received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Song.