The singer has published this past weekend her last album “Orquideas” where she sings in Spanish and collaborates with important figures of the reggaeton.
This album was a parallel work to his previous work “Red Moon In Venus”, published last year on March 3d. On this case, the singer has focused her work into the Spanish language to celebrate her Latin roots. The album characterizes for her dance and sensual sound, mixed with some urban and reggaeton.
‘Orquídeas‘ contains some of the previous singles that we have known in previous months. There is the traditional bolero ‘Te mata‘, there is his collaboration with El Alfa and JT ‘Muñekita’. And of course, ‘Lips bitten’ with Karol G.
The official album cover already shows an artistic and creative image that is related to the sound that we can find inside. The image is attractive, colorful and striking, making your eyes go directly to it on music platforms.
The album starts with “¿Cómo así?”. On this song, Kali Uchis, mixes Spanish with some English phrases on a subtle, evocative and atmospheric musical base that is based on percussion. On the lyrics she talks about how she can be a forbidden sin, that everybody wants to have her but once you are in, there’s no way out.
On the vocal terms, she sings with a breathy and monotone style which contradicts with her use of the head voice on some parts. The high notes are unexpected and well sited and surprise the listener to give a fresh breath of new air.
After that, “Me pongo loca” talks about how being real in the music industry can make you have enemies. With a more uptempo beats, Kali Uchis slows the vocal range and tries to do something more soft and echoing.
On the lyric you can read how she don’t understand the haters on sentences like “¿De dónde sacan la energía para tanta mentira?” which translates to “Where do they get the energy for so many lies?”
The next song is a featuring with the Mexican singer Peso Pluma. The long-awaited collaboration continues with the musical aesthetics of Kali Uchis and does not fall into the Mexican’s characteristic corridos.
The most surprising part of the song is how Peso Pluma flows into it and adapts himself. The song is not what you might think when reading the tittle. On the lyrics, they talk about founding the right person in these times when it is hard to find a real love. “A heart like yours is on the verge of extinction”
After that surprising track comes “Pensamientos intrusivos”, a romantic song where she speaks about being in love with a person and thinking constantly of them. She explains this love like having your heart broken for past relationships but with this person wanting to take the risk and give all of you again.
On the song, the most interesting thing is the musical structure on the pre-chorus, where she mixes sentences to sound well.
If we keep listening to the album, we found “Diosa”. In this song about personal motivation and self-love, Kali Uchis compares herself to a goddess to whom offerings are made and who has everything she needs. In terms of musicality, the rhythm stands out, perhaps more ethnic than the previous ones.
Later on, we find “Te Mata”, one of the few ones with a music video. This ballad that came out as a single from the album returns to classic boleros. With a style reminiscent of singers like José José, the base transports us to the 70s.
The minimalism in the music makes the voice take on true importance with a classic style visually and sonically. In the song, Kali Uchis talks about overcoming a stormy relationship with abuse and finally feeling free and powerful.
After that, “Perdiste” It has a faster and different rhythm than the album but maintaining its essence and that immersive atmosphere. In the song it talks about leaving a relationship and the other person wanting to come back, but it’s too late, and they lost you.
“Young Rich & In Love” is the first one on the second half of the album. The song shows the most sensual and provocative side of Kali Uchis, with somewhat explicit lyrics accompanied by a marked rhythm that further nuances the theme. In addition, they boast of being a young, rich couple and being in love, this being what anyone would want in life.
The next song, “Tu corazón es mío” is also one with a previous music video. In the video, brief videos of her as a child are mixed with a more Latin American scene than what we are used to. She also appears with her partner, Don Toliver, and they announce their first pregnancy.
Following with the album, “Muñekita” was the first single, but doesn’t have a music video itself, only a visualizer. On this collaboration with El Alfa and JT, she moves to the dembow sound, typical of El Alfa.
Lyrically and sonically, his most sensual song, with rhythms that accelerate and slow down. It’s closer proximity to urban Latin so far in the album. The use of vulgar words and some Latin expressions fulfill the son aesthetic. This song became a hit last year in pubs and clubs.
The last single she released was “Labios Mordidos” with Karol G. In this song he bets everything at once and creates a textbook reggaeton with the help of the queen of style, Karol G. The song has some rhythm changes that encourage you to move your ass and give it your all on the dance floor.
The voices of the two singers blend so well, it’s like they were destined to sing together. The music video is urban, sensual and aesthetically perfect for the song. The end of the song with Karol G speaking gives it that comical and special final touch.
Keeping up with the collaborations, on “No hay ley parte 2”, Kali Uchis invites Rauw Alejandro to do a featuring. The song starts slow, but quickly breaks into another reggaeton rhythm that blends really well with Rauw’s voice tone.
On the style of the song, Kali Uchis mixes the urban sound on the drums with her typical atmospheric sounds and sang parts that introduce some new feelings to the album. If we had to have a drawback, it would be that Rauw Alejandro‘s part is perhaps too brief.
Almost finishing the album, “Heladito”. In this song, the base stands out, similar to perhaps a more hip-hop style. Furthermore, Kali Uchis returns to the style at the beginning of the album, abandoning so much percussion and using her voice as choruses and harmonies.
Last, but lot least, we have “Dame beso // Muévete”. To close the album, he has chosen the most moving song. Basically being a song that mixes Latin sounds like cumbia and salsa. The accompaniment of trumpets transports us to a live band, and their voice is surprising for coming out of what was seen previously on the album and being treated in a more classic way. At the end of the song, he thanks his fans for listening and says “see you next time“
The album manages to bring together the artists of the moment to participate in this architectural work that is “Orquideas” with which Kali Uchis begins a spectacular year and with which she has already obtained the expected success. After the news of her pregnancy, we can only wait to find out if we will hear her again soon or if she will decide to take a vacation, but in the meantime, we will enjoy her music thanks to this complete, surprising and entertaining album.
CREDITS: Text by Gabriel Sánchez