Song of the Day: Ibeyi – Lavender & Red Roses (feat. Jorja Smith)

A love song in essence, the single was written after Jorja came to the studio to hear the entire album, and fell instantly in love with the song. Lyrically, Lavender & Red Roses explores that familiar, desperate desire to help someone, yet it culminates in the realisation that even if you want to save someone, you can’t. You cannot be pulled into their darkness; you cannot deplete your own energy. Speaking on the song and video, Lisa-Kaindé explains: “We knew we wanted to create something with Jorja that would be different from what we’ve done previously that would allow us to connect with the true meaning of the song. When we came across the three sisters of fate from the Greek mythology that personify fate we knew immediately that it would be the right idea. Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos are sisters, one of them creates the thread of fate, the other analyses it and the third one cuts it. Lavender and Red Roses is a  song about the feeling we all experience when we love someone troubled. It could be a partner, a sibling, a parent, a friend. We wanted to talk about the pain of witnessing a loved one hurting, repeating patterns and getting lost. And how it triggers in us the desire to reach them, hold them tight and wash their troubles away with lavender and red roses. But the truth is you can’t save them, if they pull you into their darkness, you will have to protect yourself, and allow them to find their own strength and light, their own way.” Enjoy the tune!