Kali Uchis’ talent blossoms in Spanish-language album ‘Orquídeas’

Feb. 14, 2024

By Rayan Yamout
Staff Writer

“Orquídeas” is Spanish for orchids, which have a  purple hue that is associated with passion and vibrance. It is the perfect name for Colombian-American pop and contemporary R&B singer Kali Uchis’ second Spanish-language album, whose songs are lively and filled with emotion.

When making her debut as a musician, Uchis, whose birth name is Karly-Marina Loaiza, released albums written and performed either entirely or mostly in English. 

After she gained prominence in the industry with her 2018 hit album, “Isolation,” she thrived as a bilingual major-label singer, delivering verses in Spanish and English.

“Orquídeas,” which was released on Jan. 12, picks up on the success of Uchis’ 2020 Spanish-language album, “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios),” whose track “Telepatía” reached over one billion streams. 

Using catchy melodies to deliver intimate ballads, Uchis recreates the vibe that captivated so many listeners. The intricate production behind the album contains a variety of beats everyone can enjoy.

The album opens with “¿Cómo así?” where Uchis repeats, “¿Cómo así? Es así (How come? It’s like this).” Accompanied by a fast-paced beat, Uchis immediately sets the exciting yet laid-back tone of the album.

Featuring well-known Latin artists Karol G, Peso Pluma and more, “Orquideas” shifts to a more traditional Latin sound as it progresses. The track “Te Mata” further accents Uchis’ style by using a Spanish guitar and unique string arrangements. Uchis uses vocal techniques popular in Latin-style music to reflect her appreciation for the genre.

Using catchy melodies to deliver intimate ballads, Uchis recreates the vibe that captivated so many listeners.

Uchis presents a more contemporary sound in “No Hay Ley Parte 2,” a track produced in an electronic and house style. By adding more variety to the album, this song reflects Uchis’ range and capabilities.

Her flirty tone of voice is reflected in her lyrics as she   sings, “I’m a high class lover undercover / If it feels so right, why say it’s wrong?” which resembles the lyrics of many popular songs today. 

Closing the album with “Dame Beso // Muévete,” Uchis leaves listeners in awe of her versatility. The song begins with a traditional brass-based Latin style. Halfway through, it transitions into an upbeat ‘90s merengue that keeps listeners engaged until the very last note.

When given a blank canvas, she does not refrain from painting a masterpiece. Through her melodies, rhythms and lyrics, she conveys her brilliance. Uchis’ potential is limitless, and her work in “Orquídeas’’ proves it. 

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