What You Need To Know - April 8, 2022

Camila Cabello's Familia: What You Need To Know
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Camila Cabello's Familia: What You Need To Know

Three years on from Camila Cabello’s 2019 sophomore album Romance the former Fifth Harmony singer returns with her third album Familia, which comes in the wake of her split with singer Shawn Mendes – a subject which inspired much of Romance’s thematic material – and sees her drawing on her Cuban-Mexican musical roots and turning her lyrical attention closer to home. “This whole album to me was inspired by two things” said the singer while announcing her new LP on Twitter: “Family and food.”

Fresh from her performance at fundraiser Concert for Ukraine, Camila returns with her new LP Familia this Friday (April 8). Here’s everything you need to know…


A little background…

Camila began talking up her plans for a third album in July last year, unveiling lead single ‘Don’t Go Yet' and saying of the album’s inspiration: “There's definitely some surprises on the album, perspectives people haven't heard me come from before, things I haven't talked about before. And sonically, a whole new kind of landscape for me that draws on a lot of my roots.”

Shortly after that Cabello also took on the starring role in a new musical adaptation of Cinderella helmed by Pitch Perfect director Kay Cannon, alongside a cast that also included Minnie Driver and former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan.

Confirmation of the third album’s title and release date finally came at the beginning of March, along with the release of new single ‘Bam Bam’, featuring none other than chart conqueror Ed Sheeran.


Who’s producing it?

Ricky Reed, Mike Sabath, Cheche Alara and Edgar Barrera all make contributions to the production on Familia.


Any special guests?

There are a few others besides the aforementioned Ed Sheeran collaboration; Willow Smith makes an appearance on ‘Psychofreak’, Yotuel Romero adds his vocals to ‘Lola’ and ‘Hasta los Dientes’ features Argentine singer Maria Becerra.


What does it sound like?

By all accounts, the original intention was to create a straight-up pop record, but a combination of events – not least the pandemic – created a more introspective mood and saw Cabello instead leaning further into her Latin American roots. The introduction of producer Edgar Barrera has helped shape that sound on tracks like ‘Hasta los Dientes’ and ‘La Buena Vida’.

Salsa, pop and reggaeton all collide on single ‘Bam Bam’, while there are flamenco guitars propelling the tropical vibe of ‘Don’t Go Yet’ and the dancefloor-shaking bass of ‘Psychofreak’ provides one of the album’s real bangers.


Does it deliver?

There have always been very strong Latin currents running through Camila’s music but here that palette feels broadened and refined in a way that feels more natural, somehow, like you’re hearing an artist really get into their stride and creating their own signature sound. More of a grower than Romance, perhaps, but those kind of albums always turn out to be the best ones in the end, don’t they?


Familia is available in hmv stores now – you can also find it here in our online store.

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