One of our favorite artists is back and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Xenia Rubinos is a fearless musician whose upbeat and shapeshifting sound continues to push boundaries. She presents us with the next step in her evolution with the “Lonely Lover” video, dropping via Pitchfork today.
“Lonely Lover” is a funky throwback number to earthy R&B of the late 90s, taking cues from classics like The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Baduizm. Yet Rubinos’ sound shoots her into her own galaxy altogether, something she terms #browngirlmagic. Front and center is her expressive and delicate voice reigning over the beat, serving as an instrument that references a million cultures and influences, yet feels natural to her and warm to the listener.
A trio of beefy dudes lift weights, ride BMX bikes, and make out all over Naples, Italy, with Xenia’s magnetism dominating every shot. “Lonely Lover” isn’t just the first single from the follow-up to her 2013 album Magic Trix, it was also the first one she finished for her new record Black Terry Cat. The album was produced by longtime collaborator and drummer Marco Buccelli, and will be available on June 3 via Anti, the home of Calexico, Antibalas, Wilco and many others.