Brooklyn-based, Miami-bred alternative-pop duo Karina (comprised of vocalist Karina Fernandez and producer Jorge Guarch), releases their new song “No Puedo” today. It’s a haunting track with a Latin-infused alt-pop sound coupled with eloquently written, passionate lyrics.
“No Puedo” makes a plea to a partner to mend a struggling relationship, as Fernandez sings “No me cierres la puerta // No me hagas sufrir (Don’t close the door on me // Don’t make me suffer)”. The song’s theme was born out of Fernandez’ own pent-up emotions from being in a relationship while on a world tour with Boy George and Culture Club. It “captures the duality of a relationship; the highs and lows, how a relationship can make you feel at ease or uncomfortable in a short period of time.”
Both the song’s production (Guarch) and lyrics (Fernandez) reflect this emotional complexity and the duality of human nature. Starting with a melancholy guitar line and single vocal track, Guarch’s production steadily incorporates layers of chopped up Latin percussion while layering vocal layers and melodies.
Meanwhile, Fernandez’ bilingual lyrics add yet another layer of depth, as she says that “certain languages are better at painting a picture” and that the use of Spanish allowed her to fully capture the emotional intensity of certain lyrics. The end result is a “psychedelic salsa” that will make listeners feel introspective while also wanting to dance.