Sabrina Claudio has been perched at the edge of stardom for a good couple of years now. A Twitter blow up last year probably slowed things down a bit…but the Puerto Rican – Cuban chanteuse’s songs regularly get streamed in the millions. Which is why it seemed a bit odd that her 2018 debut album, No Rain, No Flowers, didn’t quite ignite the charts.
Her label, Atlantic, will only say that a new “project” is in the works – which one could reasonably guess is her follow up long player. But a sultry new single, ‘Holding the Gun,’ has us thinking her moment may have at last arrived. Musically, it’s spot on early Sade, with Sabrina breathily declaring, “I will take your bullets / Even if it were you holding the gun.”
“’Holding The Gun’ symbolizes loyalty and an everlasting type of love,” she explains.
The accompanying video opens with a Nietzsche quote: “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” (We can decisively confirm that as truth.) Then a glimpse of Ms. Claudio’s face on a Wanted poster is followed by a dash through the desert in a vintage ’70s convertible.
“I wanted to make sure that showing violence was not a factor within the visual, as violence, conceptually, isn’t what the song is about. The blood and insinuation of crime represents the lengths one would go when so deeply in love.”