NEW MUSIC: CAMILA CABELLO | BAM BAM (FEATURING ED SHEERAN)
Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for their new single "Bam Bam" Though, Camila’s latest offering featuring hit-making machine Ed Sheeran – isn’t your typical break-up song. While the opening lyrics document a relationship expired, their juxtaposition against a buoyant acoustic guitar beat suggests Camila’s feeling optimistic. Sonically, it’s already easy to compare the song to Camila’s 2019 collaboration with Shawn Mendes, Señorita. The point of difference here is that, while Señorita’s story was of insatiable summer lust, Bam Bam’s is one of bittersweet estrangement. Its closest relatives initially, perhaps, are "All These Years" and "Real Friends," tracks from Camila’s self-titled 2018 debut. By now, the scratchy, flamenco guitar instrumentals picked up in pace. There’s a delicate, effortless quality to Camila’s vocal here, perfectly complementing the song’s melancholy subject matter. "Bam Bam" quickly shows itself as a song of acceptance, hope and happiness. Then comes the second hook and possibly the real earworm. "Ba-da-bam-bam-bam-bam-bam," Camila sings as she floats atop the breezy instrumental. Be prepared to catch yourself singing this at least ten times a day. Here, one thing to note is Bam Bam’s authenticity and success in bringing Latin music's rich, textured elements to mainstream pop.