Monsieur Periné has hope in love despite the apocalypse

Catalina García and Santiago Prieto from the Colombian band Monsieur Periné invite you to live love despite the uncertainty about the future in their “Bolero Apocalyptic”, their most recent album with which they express their fears about environmental degradation.

“Promise me” is the song that represents this moment for them. In it they sing: “Promise me / That we will continue together when the world has ended / When the river water reaches the polluted sea / Swimming in plastic, but by your side”.

“It is an apocalyptic bolero that is narrated in a context in which everything is in danger, in which the world is going to hell and in which the only way to survive is to have a good time, with humor, taking things positively, and with love,” Prieto said in a recent interview in a recording studio north of Mexico City where they were working on their next releases.

In the video for “Promise me,” directed by Colombian filmmaker Natalia Agudelo Campillo, García and Prieto appear singing next to a river with real foam from contamination found on the outskirts of Bogotá, in the Mosquera municipality.

“These toxic foams are generated and at that moment it was happening, not only were there the normal (foams) that are there all the time, but it grew so much that they were already getting into all the houses, businesses, it was on the news and you could see clouds of foam,” Garcia said.

“The issue of global warming, pollution, wars, everything has become a stage for us through the screen,” he said. “The next piece of content is the TikTok dance, it’s almost like a joke,” she added of the flow of disconnected information people deal with online.

In addition to the musicians, a couple of dancers participate in the video doing a choreography inspired by the Kamasutra postures. The dancers are a real sentimental couple.

Catalina García and Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné work in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.

Catalina García and Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné work in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.Moises Castillo / AP

In “La pea” they delve into the Colombian joropo, traditional music twinned with the son Jarocho and the Mexican huapango. In this song they incorporated instruments such as the cuatro, the ronroco and the tiple for a story of partying with alcohol for lovesickness, as well as amnesia and the hangover the next day.

“Nada” is another song about heartbreak, in whose video García appears in an apocalyptic cantina in which they symbolically burn the past with a tropical touch and evocative violins.

One of her guests on the album is the French-Chilean artist Ana Tijoux in “Cumbia valiente”. The song was inspired by the huge demonstrations in Colombia during 2021 to ask for better social conditions. García pointed out that the repression of the people who participated in them was another of the triggers.

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“Beyond being a political song, it is a song that raises the flag for the freedom of expression of those of us who are not satisfied and have our voice as a tool,” said García. “And for that reason we invited Ana, because Ana is part of a long-standing movement that has also been inspiring from Chile.”

“Through music, arts and culture there has always been a space for resistance and reflection and that cannot be silenced,” he added.

For the salsa of “El caudal” they had as a guest the Puerto Rican urban musician Guaynaa whom they met thanks to the producer Eduardo Cabra with whom they had collaborated on their two previous albums, “Encanto tropical” and “Caja musical”. The three met in Monterrey, Mexico, and promised to meet in Colombia to make a song from scratch.

When Guaynaa arrived in Bogotá they were finishing the album and the song they were working on was “El caudal”. He liked it so much that he asked them to join it.

“He’s Puerto Rican, he has that salsa flavor in his blood, he loves salsa and he does it well,” Prieto said.

Catalina García and Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné pose in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.

Catalina García and Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné pose in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.Moises Castillo / AP

García is the main voice of all the songs, with the exception of “La hora”, in which Prieto sings a ranchera with a very Mexican colloquial lexicon about the separation of a peculiar relationship.

“It is the farewell song of a real love of three people,” he said. “One of the experiences of the pandemic were other configurations of love, and it occurs in society as well, it is not common, but it happens to people.”

In his beginnings, Monsieur Periné sang classical songs in French and Portuguese. On this album they have original songs in those languages, “Près de toi” and “Vem pra mim”, the second with the Brazilian group Natiruts.

Listeners will find a very familiar song on the album released at the end of April. “Mundo parallele” with the Puerto Rican star Pedro Capó, which they had released in 2020 when they originally planned to release the album. This theme was composed at the same time as other songs on the album, but was presented at that time as the first advance.

The album “passed over all the retrogrades, all the eclipses and retrograde mercurys happened to it,” said Catalina about that period in which, according to astrologers, there may be unforeseen events that completely change plans.

Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné plays the piano in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.

Santiago Prieto of the band Monsieur Periné plays the piano in a studio on the outskirts of Mexico City on May 10, 2023.Moises Castillo / AP

But this year it seems that everything is flowing wonderfully. In addition to their presentation at the Vive Latino festival and a recent concert to launch their album with fans and members of the music industry, Prieto and García announced that “more songs are coming out this year” from the extended version of “Bolero Apocalyptic ”, as well as collaborations with other Argentine and Mexican artists that they are already working on.

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