Loyal Lobos returns with “El Rio,” a mesmerizing single from her upcoming EP, LOBA VOL. 1. Dive into this captivating blend of love, loss, and rebirth.
Colombian-born and now Los Angeles-based artist, Loyal Lobos, has announced the release of her upcoming EP, LOBA VOL. 1, set to debut on October 27th, 2023 through Saban Music Latin.
This enchanting track, co-penned by Loyal Lobos, the GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY-nominated duo HoneyBoos (known for their collaborations with Rauw Alejandro, Becky G, and Khea), and her regular collaborator Evan Voytas, is co-produced by HoneyBoos and Evan Voytas. With its mesmerizing beat and blend of synths and guitars, “El Rio” emerges as a compelling pop anthem. Sung in Spanish, Loyal Lobos addresses the anguish of love and its aftermath.
The song and its accompanying video, crafted by Elizabeth Miranda, symbolize growth after heartbreak, emphasizing the purifying nature of a river: “Bebe me voy al río / A lavarme la piel / De la mancha de tu olvido/ Los males que me hiciste / Mierda que has traído” (“Baby I’m gonna go to the river / to wash my skin / Of the stain of your oblivion / the bad things that you did to me / bullsh*t that you brought.”).
Following her widely praised Una Freak EP from May 2023, LOBA VOL. 1 showcases Loyal Lobos’ celebration of her Colombian roots through the global appeal of pop. The EP, comprising one English and five Spanish tracks, marks a defining phase for this pioneering bilingual artist. Loyal Lobos comments, “To me, this EP feels like my first official statement. I’m finally presenting my whole self.”
Her music seamlessly blends traditional cumbia rhythms with contemporary pop and reggaeton. While LOBA VOL. 1 features a stellar lineup of collaborators, Loyal Lobos’ distinct musical vision shines through. The EP’s title, LOBA VOL. 1, captures the multifaceted nature of Loyal Lobos: inquisitive, bold, and vivacious. She elaborates, “Loba means she-wolf, representing both maternal delicacy and mythological fierceness. It’s about power and the societal backlash against confidence and sensuality.” Her music, rich in layers and meanings, invites listeners to delve deeper.
“El Rio” follows the release of the poignant EP single “Si Volviera a Conocerte,” which garnered accolades from major platforms like Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spotify, Brooklyn Vegan, Remezcla, and NPR Music/WXPN.