Venezuelan-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Ane Díaz’s mission statement is to bridge the gap between Latin music and American alternative genres. “Even if you don’t know Spanish, you can still experience and appreciate the emotion of the song,” she shares. “I’m an American Latino now, so I’m putting all of the things I love together and honoring them.”
Díaz, whose connection to the Phoenix family dates back to her opening sets for Rain and River’s band Aleka’s Attic, channels this alt-rock energy into her latest Argentinian folk ballad “Los Ejes de Mi Carreta,” which arrives today as a part of LaunchLeft’s Launched Artists Digital Singles Series. The fiery ballad—which comes with a kaleidoscopic visual directed by Dominic De Joseph—is stripped to vocals and guitar, with Díaz’s deep voice dominating the track.
“To me, it translates to the struggle of the poor or anyone being silenced,” she explains. “The song refers to a farmer. He doesn’t want to grease the wheels of his cart, because he wants to hear the noise. It represents his voice. We deserve to be acknowledged, seen, heard and be proud of who we are.”
Watch the video below, and revisit previous installments of the Launched Artists series here.