Divino Niño is the Chicago-via-Bogotá, Colombia quartet which involve Camilo Medina, Javier Forero, Guillermo Rodriguez and Pierce Codina. Three years after The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes, they announced the release of their debut album. Foam is out today via Winspear. They shared a new video for the track “Flamingo“.
It was created by Jake Armstrong and centers around a “sad flamingo boy.” “I tried to make the end goal him finding that one thing that would cheer him up – and that just happened to be a magical mango ‘Froot,’” says Armstrong. “I wanted to emphasize his loneliness by having him in deserted streets and boardwalks and only running across one other character (who is munching on a big ol’ fruit with a grin across his face). Switching mediums in the middle of a song is my favorite thing to do so naturally I switched the video from digital animations to frame by frame animation on 190 frames of paper at the end.”
According to the press release, Foam is a love letter to Chicago’s vibrant music scene. The band recruited an all-star list of local collaborators like Justin Vittori (Knox Fortune, Grapetooth) who provided keys and auxiliary percussion while Luke Henry played slide guitar. Twin Peaks’ collaborator Andrew Humphrey helped mix the LP while others like Paul Cherry, Twin Peaks’ Colin Croom, and Mild High Club’s Matt Roberts lent a helping hand with production. Though Foam is the product of so many personalities, backstories, and influences that cross genres and geographical lines, Divino Niño has managed to create something that feels truly fresh and uniquely them.