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Malena Zavala announces new album with tender lead track "I'm Leaving Home"

31 January 2020, 15:37 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Malena Zavala has announced her second LP La Yarará, as well as sharing tender new track "I'm Leaving Home".

"I'm Leaving Home" is the second single to be shared from La Yarará, after "En La Noche" landed in October 2019.

The bilingual singer/songwriter's new track is in English. Zavala explains, "I don’t make a conscious choice to sing in a particular language, but with "I’m Leaving Home", the rhythm isn’t so Latino, plus it’s about my parents and how I feel about home, so it feels like it should be in English."

La Yarará will follow on from Zavala's 2018 debut album Aliso. The new LP is self-produced, and was recorded in the space of two weeks at Urchin Studios in London Fields. She says of working at Urchin Studios, "Urchin is a really beautiful, all wooden studio, which was really important for the sound of this album. I wanted it to feel like Buena Vista Social Club. I wanted to play the room, to feel the walls and wooden floors."

Speaking about La Yarará, Zavala adds, "When I started making music it was more about expressing my emotions, and learning to write and produce music myself. With my first album Aliso, I had to get something off my chest. But now with this second album, it was about exploring and overcoming my identity issues – about not knowing where I belong. That’s something I’ve felt my whole life."


  1. What If I
  2. En la Noche
  3. I'm Leaving Home
  4. La Yarará
  5. Identity
  6. Memories Gone
  7. Compay
  8. Paraná
  9. Ritmo De Vida
  10. Naturaleza
"I'm Leaving Home" is out now. Malena Zavala's La Yarará album is due for release on 17 April via Yucatan Records, and is available to pre-order now.
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