Xenia Rubinos, the soulful, Brooklyn-based, genre-crossing singer songwriter is collaborating with Pitchfork for the release of a music video for her latest track “Lonely Lover.” The novel yet infectiously avant-garde track has already gained immense praise, with Spin proclaiming that the track “truly crosses borders with her multi-genre hyphenate instrumental textures beneath Billie Holiday-esque croons.” The track comes from Rubinos’ upcoming album Black Terry Cat, due out June 3rd. Rubinos had the following to say of the record, describing it as “a #browngirlmagic carpet ride powered by deep pocket backbeats and funky bass lines.”
Collaborating with acclaimed Italian director Francesco Lettieri, the video was shot throughout the streets of Napoli in the midst of Rubinos’ US tour. The track’s bombastic and playfully defiant attitude is present throughout the video and is sure to persist throughout Black Terry Cat as well.
Rubinos herself has nothing but praise for how the video turned out, the production, and the video’s muse itself, stating “Smack in the middle of my coast to coast US, tour, I hopped on a plane to Italy where we shot this video for in the magic volcanic city of Napoli with Director Francesco Lettieri. The aesthetic behind my new album is rough elegance, I wanted this video to exude that through photography that contrasts decadence, street culture and elegance. Napoli was the perfect location. The city feels electric. We filmed in this gorgeous abandoned church that was completely looted. “Lonely Lover” is this mami who’s just down on her luck, she’s just about had it, has no fucks left to give, but calm in the face of everything falling apart around her. The day after the shoot, I flew back to NYC and got right in the tour van that night, driving to a show. The next morning it felt like none of that had ever happened, I dreamt it, except now I have this video to prove it.”
Check out the video for Rubinos’ track “Lonely Lover” here.
The singer songwriter embarks on a US tour to promote both her most recent release and her upcoming album starting May 18 and running throughout the summer, with a list of confirmed dates below.
Xenia Rubinos Live Dates
May 18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live ^
May 19 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation ^
May 20 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement ^
May 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 ^
May 24 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In ^
May 25 – Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room ^
May 27 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight ^
May 28 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
June 15 – Philidelphia, PA @ The Kimmel Center
July 8 – Trencin, Slovakia @ Pohoda Festival
^ w/ Son Lux