Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade’s songs, and by extension her music videos, have always had this ability to slip us into the most sublime of fever-dreams. Her newest single “Puddles” finds Andrade in a similar role: jamming out to her own music in public, a staple of any Andrade music video.
While previous films were shot to showcase the Latinx community she has so often drawn from, the video for “Puddles” sees Andrade dancing atop a glass-pane–poured over which is an over-saturated, oily swirl of colored liquid, her titular puddles. As always Andrade’s signature poetics are in play, offering little scenes of vulnerability and tireless affection that are as colorful as the puddles she dances atop.
Directed by Andrade and Jeremy Comte, the music video blissfully taps into the song’s dutifully warm attempt to alleviate the anxieties and strangeness of the times. It’s the quintessential summertime jam for a summer that never really arrived, basking in all the cool blue, glimmering refraction of sunlight that cuts through Andrade’s puddles, like a prism, turning the blandest of things and moments into pools of color.
On “Puddles” Andrade once again affords a wonder to the ordinary and often overlooked, her tender murmurs transforming and reminding us of all the little moments we must hold onto.
“I didn’t think I was going to make or release anything this very trying summer and I truly wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support of my closest friends!! Thank you for believing in my music and ideas and for giving your creative energy during these turbulent times.”