The life of a modern independent pop artist is a life of tumultuous, never-ending change. Staying on top of trends, social media apps, and constant surveillance with sprinklings of fan interactions and self-promotion, and, oh yeah, music, can wear a little thin on a person. Canadian singer-songwriter Caracol, also known as Carole Facal, tosses in singing in not one but two languages and constantly releasing singles with a variety of up-and-coming artists. I’m sweating just reading all of that back, to be honest. Thankfully for us, Caracol seems pretty hellbent on making everything she does look easy — and her latest vibrant single, “Infinity” is a welcome burst of energy sure to brighten anyone’s day.
“Infinity” does the art of pop songs a favor with how weightless and bouncy it feels, never coming across as something more than the effervescent, happy-go-lucky single it has set out to be. There are no areas of the song’s production bogged down in trying to be another artist, no worries about sending a political message; it’s a song that seems to have its sights set on fun and nothing else. Opening with the sweetly sung lyrics, “I sway back and forth, like the wind heading north; sweaty palms, drinks on ice, I’m just hanging on my bike,” there’s an instant vibe being set and an atmosphere is created. It’s the song of the summer for those who refuse to follow the seasons, and it more than earns its keep by crafting warm melodies and crisp beats.
The most unique thing about “Infinity” is Caracol’s knack for switching between English and French; for those unaware, Caracol is a bilingual musician and multi-instrumentalist, so while she’s doing a vast amount of work in the studio on the various instruments and sounds, she’s also fast at work crafting lyrics not only in English but in French. “Infinity” marks the start of the rollout for Caracol’s first English-language full-length release, actually, so this is an exciting landmark single for the artist, and a perfect encapsulation for everything Caracol has grown to be over the past decade or so of releasing music. The fact that any passerby would have no idea that this is her first single not fully in French stands as a testament to her success and integrity as a hungry artist.
Fans will be engrossed by the summery energy and infectious pop melodies, and the inclusion of Mike Clay of Clay & Friends gives the song an even wider reach. There are reggae undertones and a very upbeat liveliness that continues throughout the entirety of “Infinity.” Harkening back to Childish Gambino’s Summer Pack releases “Feels Like Summer” and “Summertime Magic,” songs have rarely if ever felt as much as summer as they do here. The warmth radiating from the lush instrumentals mixed with Caracol’s beautiful lyrical imagery and voice make this the best summer song to have on your autumnal playlist; there won’t be any cold chills running up your back when you’re thinking of mojitos and jet skis deep within the lyrical landscape of Caracol’s latest pop knockout hit.