Camila Cabello Rocks Saturday Night Live With Willow Smith
Kuni .G. Isaac
Camila Cabello made a fascinating return to Saturday Night Live with a refreshing breakup song that makes you wonder just how amicable her split with Shawn Mendes really was.
“You said you hated the ocean, but you’re surfin’ now/ I said I’d love you for life, but I just sold our house,” Cabello sang in a vibrant ensemble on “Bam Bam,” the first single from her just-released album, Familia.
Cabello turned down the lights and turned up the latex for her second performance. Willow Smith was a surprise guest, assisting with vocals, guitar, and blazer on the live debut of Cabello’s second single “Psychofreak.”
The song is a kind of bittersweet samba. Cabello keeps the rhythm flowing in vain, as she recounts how far she’s come (“Everybody says they miss the old me/ I’ve been on this ride since I was 15.”) Meanwhile, Smith provides the vocal counterpoint, grounding the song in her emo-koan-voice that’s quickly becoming the go-to sound of 2022.