BABY YORS TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW MUSIC
Marco Palou, alias Baby Yors, New York-based Latinx singer-songwriter and Outside100 alum, worked hard in quarantine… literally.
Over the past few years, Baby Yors has given her devoted fans a regular series of eclectic singles and hi-art and glam photo shoots, as well as runway stints during NYFW, including for wizarding corset Garo Sparo. . Yors’ intense beauty, strong voice, and unashamed sexual energy have kept him at the top of the creative curve for years, and so it’s no surprise that the Argentinian provocateur is busy in a lockdown.
Namely, Yors is now back in the spotlight with a new track and music video for his latest single, “Like a Gun”. Originally written a few years ago, Yors took this piece out of his closet for this new world of 2021. Proudly displaying his very gay love for pant snakes and tight, sweaty dance moves, Yors shows his cards Visit here: a falsetto song, copious high notes, sexy lines in Spanish and omnipresent and manifest sexual tension. Sung in both English and Yors’ native Spanish, “Like a Gun” turns out to be a hot, heavy song in any language.
The music video – filmed during the New York City lockdown in a huge warehouse and strangely empty Brooklyn office space – shows the queer singer-songwriter grabbing the titular weapon while dancing freely through the high-ceilinged rooms. The visual effect is invigorating, but allows viewers to understand the pain Yors felt for the sexual congress… but he dared not. Because guns are dangerous. And COVID too.
We sat down with Yors to discuss how he handled the continued lockdown in New York City, how ‘Like a Gun’ has changed since its inception, and what the future may hold for his homeland. origin, Argentina, now that the system is generally very traditional. and the Catholic country finally gave up legalizing a woman’s right to abortion.
Hi baby! How has quarantine treated you so far?
It started very slowly. I read and wrote a lot. Singing and playing the guitar in a very passive way with no real goal in mind. But I have so many projects that I haven’t finished yet, so I also started going through all these songs and other works that I had around the house. It was just a lot of creativity, basically, because I was locked up. Fortunately, I have a creative outlet. And I was able to design and build a little studio in my house, so now I can record here. My forties forced me to start finishing projects… “Like a Gun” is actually a three year old song, but being locked up like that forced me to finish it.
So, is “Like a Gun” really about a gun?
“Like a Gun” is actually one of my sexual fantasies. I thought of that scene from the Titanic when Jack painted Rose nude. I was thinking what it was like for her to have a guy in front of you wearing just his underwear… There is obviously a sexual tension. What he has in his pants is something dangerous, like a gun. I’m in a committed relationship so what guys have in their pants is literally dangerous for me. So it is about my deep love for the male genitals and its weapon qualities. But the song is old and things are different now, so at the same time it has a different kind of feeling – if you have COVID it feels like you have a gun in your hand.
The clip is quite fascinating – how was this one created?
So I was planning something with a much bigger production and sponsors and things like that. But during the photo shoot for the cover of this single, my friend who was shooting backstage footage lit “Like a Gun” on a speaker, and I started dancing, I just couldn’t get over it. avoid. And I was like, okay, wait, I feel like this could be a real music video. And since the whole building was vacant due to COVID, there were all these empty rooms, so we took advantage of that too. We were very nervous, of course, about the use of a gun in the video … but I thought if the artists don’t reflect what’s going on in the culture, even if that thinking is something negative thing, then we are not doing the right thing. So many people have told me that we probably shouldn’t be using guns… but I think this year has been about guns, violence and fighting a lot. Using this prop, yes, I’m talking about my sexuality, but I’m also talking about the virus, the fight for social justice and the fight for equality. And yes, I am also talking about firearms!
Once we’re all safely vaccinated, are you excited for “Like a Gun” to inspire new queer sex?
Yes I am, but until then I think gay people can be hot in their own homes! Masturbation is great. You can do it yourself, you can do it with your phone. Before my 40s, just as an example, I spent over seven hours a week traveling from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side and coming back for dance lessons. But now I can take these same classes from my living room on the internet and save a lot of time. And that’s just a small part of my daily life. So I have a lot more time now, like most people, to think about my sexual fantasies and just get horny. And “Like a Gun” reflects this reality.
Your songs are usually in one language, but “Like a Gun” is in both Spanish and English. How did you come to the decision to write it this way?
In quarantine, my fiance and I became friends with our neighbors in our apartment building… unheard of in New York before the pandemic. But one of our neighbors is from Uruguay and we spoke Spanish more often than English. And then I also have a close friend here in New York who is Argentinian like me, and he started coming in as one of our quarantine bubble friends. So basically it was the three of us who spoke Spanish together all the time, something I haven’t really done in years. And that’s really where bilingualism comes from. I have updated the song with Spanish and English to reflect what is really going on in my life.
Speaking of Argentina, in December 2020 the Argentine government announced that it would drop the criminal charges against women accused of having abortions and finally legalize the procedure itself, which is great. And that actually makes Argentina the second democratic country in Latin America to legalize abortions, which is surprising. I know you experienced a lot of homophobia during your stay, and in general Argentina is known as a rather conservative Catholic country. Yet, in light of this news, do you think Argentina is finally starting to change?
Here’s the thing with Argentina: I was at the UN last year, and it was an international conference on gender and sexuality and all that stuff. So the ambassador from the Argentine embassy was part of the panel. And Argentina was considered a benchmark for the rest of the world. It is one of the first countries to legalize gay marriage. It’s actually so progressive on paper, even more so than in many European countries. And this guy was boasting the way they did this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this. And with such an ego… And I was like, man, you’re straight, you’re white, you’re sitting there with literally no clue. Like, what the hell, who are you talking about? Because in reality Argentina is a society that kills queers. It’s so misogynistic, so homophobic. The fact that the law helps, like, okay, great, whatever. Culture must change. I don’t know how to do this, but this is the real problem. So it’s a big step for them, but I just hope things change in a deeper way.
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