Release Date: Apr 17, 2020
Record label: Anti-
Genre(s): Electronic, Latin, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Latin Pop, South American Traditions, Afro-Colombian
The follow-up to Lido Pimienta's Polaris Prize win for 2016's La Papessa, Miss Colombia displays an artist who has a clear vision combined with a desire to experiment with sounds. Working alongside the production skills of Prince Nifty (Les Mouches' Matt Smith), some songs, like "No Pude," crackle with electricity, others, like "Quiero Que Me Salves" with Colombian percussion troupe Sexteto Tabalá, showcase Pimienta's voice over Afro-Colombian rhythms. "Nada," a duet with Li Saumet of Bomba Estéreo is a revelation – an ethereal hymn to motherhood and sacrifice. Each song is different, and different is good. Very, very good. .
When Lido Pimienta recorded her first EP, Color, in 2010, her then-husband produced every track and refused to teach her how. It was, she said, "a way of keeping me dependent on him." Nine years and one divorce later, Pimienta does things differently. She recorded the majority of Miss Colombia in her home studio, wrote and arranged each song herself, and co-produced the album with fellow Torontonian Prince Nifty.