Newcomer Dom La Nena (born Dominique Pinto) is a Brazilian musician for whom 2013 could become a big year. The cellist and vocalist's debut, Ela (out Jan. 15) is a collection of songs centered around Pinto's fragile vocals sung in Portuguese and Spanish, her emotive cello, and spare but highly inventive arrangements.
The song "No Meu Pais," -- meu pais means "my country," but here, can also mean "myself" -- is shot through with a shifting melancholia. So it's unsurprising to find out that the lyrics center around Pinto's own experiences of a rootless childhood spent living in a host of countries, including France, Argentina, and Brazil.
"No Meu Pais," Pinto described to me, "is a song that speaks about the feelings I have in regards to being stateless, accompanied by a pride in my 'nationality,' without knowing what my 'country' really is. Perhaps it was the distance from my loved ones and from the places that I felt tied to that caused me to end up constructing my own little mix, my little ideal and my small piece of earth around myself."
The video, which premieres here, is a collage of home movies and Super 8 footage shot by Pinto and her husband -- a fitting visual accompaniment to the track.
It's "a small glimpse into the last four years of my life," Pinto wrote, "of very memorable moments, and of places or people who left a mark on us [and my album] during this period. This video is a small portrait made in a very intimate way, very sincerely, from this small place, from this little 'country,' from this 'me.'"