Local rock outfit Femina-X, who’s sound is a mix of electronic, tribal and indie rock, aren’t strangers to releasing videos with heavy symbolism and relatively dark visuals.
On Wednesday, the group released the video for “Black Tongue,” from the group’s 2017 record Multiverse, and you can expect to see more cryptic metaphors and even more stunning imagery as director Diego Lozano pulls viewers through an Aztec underworld filled with moments of sexuality and parts that are actually a little frightening.
The song was written about front-woman Daniela Rioja’s experiences of feeling betrayed and experiencing a failing relationship, according to a press release. Riojas also incorporated the story of Aztec goddess Tlazoteotl “The Filth Eater,” who purified souls of sinners, into the song. She identified with the visual of the priestesses and temple keepers of Tlazoteotl, who could be seen in Aztec society with black mouths, attained by chewing on black, organic material.
“This visual became the center point for developing the character (me) in a situation where her toxic relationship becomes the antithesis of Tlazoteotl,” said Riojas. “Where, instead of being purified, her partner injects toxicity and filth into her and they become inevitably entangled in suffering.”
The video is loosely based on the Aztec story of Coatlicue, “The Serpent Goddess” and mother of the gods, sun, moon and stars, and Mictlantecuhtli, ruler of the lowest underworld. Set in an Azteca futuristic aesthetic, Coatlicue is betrayed by Mictlantecuhtli and overcome with grief and anger, as she is trapped deep into the underworld. Following the song, the video calls to use negative experiences as fuel to become better and wiser versions of ourselves in order to find clarity amidst darkness.
“It’s definitely the largest production we've done so far,” Riojas told the Current, mentioning that they spent about $18-$19,000 on the video. The singer said that she enjoyed working with the production crew, who were also people of color. “It ended up being a super power group, a lot of brown people ... brown artists doing brown work. It felt really good to come together, and we’ve never seen anything like this [video] before.”
Overall, the video is dope, and proves once again that Femina-X are continuing to raise the bar for the local San Antonio music scene.