New Rosalía tracks tend to arrive alongside big, bold music videos, but not "Dolerme." The surprise single, which dropped on Tuesday (March 24), comes with a simple illustration of the singer looking like most of us during this time of mass isolation — she's lying down in a blue bedroom, barely clothed and looking bored. There's a screen in front of her and a snarling chihuahua at her side, along with an ominously shiny knife. It's melodramatic and beautiful, much like the song itself.
"Dolerme," which translates to "Hurt Me" in English, marks a bit of a new direction for the chameleonic artist; the midtempo ballad is more pop-leaning than her usual unconventional fare. Over a strumming guitar and keyboard loops, Rosalía sings about a failed relationship, muses about her ex's new lovers, and envisions herself driving as fast as she can, "to see if I can crash."
In a message to fans, Rosalía wrote about how she's self-isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, and how making new music has factored into that.
"I am in quarantine and I have lost track of time a bit because I decided that I was not going to think about it too much and that instead I was going to put my energy and my heart into doing something for others, in my own way," she shared. "I know that what I do as an artist may seem expendable, for some it will be, but for me being able to make music is mental health. This song is called 'Dolerme' and I hope it makes you feel a little better like it did to me when I made it."