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PREMIERE: KORDELYA And Jesse Baez Send "s a l u d o s" To Distant Lovers
The COVID-19 era has caused a lot of physical, mental and emotional stress for lovebirds around the world. For couples stuck at home, the scenario can either be a much-needed slowdown to reconnect or a hotbed for daily quarrels caused by too much "bonding time" together. But for many relationships and would-be lovers separated by mandated quarantines, the challenge of connecting from a distance has proven difficult and emotionally taxing.
On her new track, "s a l u d o s," rising singer-songwriter and artist KORDELYA captures these forlorn feelings of keeping love alive while separated from your partner or love interest—be it by internal struggles, like your own impenetrable bashfulness, or obstacles beyond your control, like mandated quarantines.
Co-produced by KORDELYA herself alongside her collaborator and producer Wardõ, "s a l u d o s" is a soft, atmospheric Latin R&B daydream sung completely in Spanish. Originally featured on KORDELYA's debut album, Mal Hecha, which she released in March, "s a l u d o s" now gets a new version with a fresh guest feature from Chicagoan-Guatemalan Latin R&B artist, Jesse Baez.
GRAMMY.com today (Sept. 17) shares the exclusive premiere of the brand-new version of "s a l u d o s" from KORDELYA featuring Jesse Baez. Listen to it in full below.
The track, which the two artists recorded separately in different locations due to COVID-19 restrictions, reflects the awkward feelings and inopportune times and scenarios that regularly come with new love, KORDELYA explains.
"'s a l u d o s' was the very last song I finished for [Mal Hecha]," she says. "By that time, it was pretty clear to me that the album's concept was to talk about different human imperfections, and when I started writing [the song], I was thinking about how timing is not always right when it comes to relationships and when you're starting to like someone. Sometimes your doubts and fear of rejection can kill our courage to take that leap.
"This is why I also worked on the sound design of the synth and rhythm of the percussions to feel like you're going 'one step forward, two steps back.' I also wanted the way I sang in this to be a bit shy and more whispered compared to the rest of the songs on the album in order to match the production.
"When Jesse came on board, I was blown away by his lyrics and way of singing. I loved how he revealed the other side of the story from his perspective and gave an answer to what the song was questioning."
"The process of making 's a l u d o s' was somewhat of an exercise to figure out how to converse with someone from a distance and how to find middle ground between us," Baez says of his verse in a statement. "The way we create music evolves, but the essence of a song we really like remains the same."
KORDELYA is an emerging artist within the Latin pop and R&B realm. The Mexican-American singer-songwriter and artist broke out with her impressive debut album, Mal Hecha, which explores her vibrant mix of electronic productions, stirring vocals and exotic sounds. She is currently working on the deluxe version of Mal Hecha, which features the new version of "s a l u d o s" and is scheduled to release later this year.