Karol G is turning into actually good at catching us without warning, and likewise, shocking us. Witness her new single, “Provenza.” It was launched with little anticipation on the eve of the 2022 Latin AMAs (the place Karol G was the large winner, however was not in attendance). And the observe itself is shocking in a approach Karol G is increasingly inclined to be.
Coming after a string of highly effective, anthemic, rhythmic tracks, from “Tusa” to “Makinón” and to “Mamiii,” her collab with Becky G, “Provenza” appears like an impressionistic portray: Wistful and candy, even light, however with an undercurrent of power.
Singing over a lilting, calypso-esque beat, Karol yearns for an encounter with a previous love — “Child what’s up. Haven’t heard something from you shortly; I used to be with somebody however now I’m free, able to relive previous instances, haven’t been out in a very long time” — her vocals virtually floating in counterpoint over the tender, however quick-paced bass line.
Regardless of the mantra that arrives towards the top of the observe, “Provenza” is extra dance than city, its vibe of freedom and pleasure augmented by a video that options solely girls — of all sizes and stripes — uninhibitedly lounging, swimming and dancing in a seaside city. And Karol — face virtually devoid of make-up — embracing the freedom of all of it.
If that is one other tackle empowerment, we’ll take it.