Queer singer-songwriter Quisol creates a style of music he calls “Latinx Future,” and on his latest single, “The Cards,” he is dreaming of a better one upon the horizon.
The track features his signature blend of Latin jazz, indie rock, and hip-hop, with an eye-catching, sensual video that “compares the anticipation of seeing your partner in a long distance relationship to revolutionary times,” he told NewNowNext. “You know it’s coming, you can feel the energy.”
“And it’s also about belief in a future you can’t yet see,” he continued. “For me that’s a queer, liberated future that I actively build through my music.”
The song, featuring Luke Martinez, includes production by Kenny Okagaki, and a music video directed by Quisol and Erica Femino.
“The imagery in the video all honors my roots with traditional Filipino clothes, prayer candles, which are associated with many of the Orishas, and indigo, which is traditional west African,” he explained.
“Indigenous Peoples’ Day is important to me because it’s about solidarity with formerly colonized peoples around the world,” he added, of the decision to release the song today, October 8.
Earlier this year, Quisol released the EP The World Keeps Turning, and the Harvard graduate, who recently move to Oakland, California, is currently at work on a full-length album.
Watch the video for “The Cards” below.