Kany García’s Soy Yo, released almost exactly a year ago, was a beautiful collection of intimate songs set to lush arrangements that traversed a world of emotions, from loss and yearning to nationalism and equality. Nominated for album of the year at the Latin Grammys, it may have been García’s best studio set. Until now, that is.
On her new album, Contra El Viento, out today (May 17), García ups the ante by integrating commentary from nearly a dozen Latin women — from her mother to actress Sofía Vergara — as the framework for a deep dive into a full range of a personal evolution that goes from loss and disillusionment to self-awareness, rebirth and finally, love again.
The glue that binds it all together are the short spoken-word intros, reflections on life and love that Garcia asked her guests (which also include Natalia LaFourcade, Thalia and Rozalen) to record specifically for this project after listening to them in original interviews.