It’s been 2 years since Camila Cabello released any new music. But lucky for us she’s officially making her return with a new single “Don’t Go Yet,” which will also appear on her upcoming third studio album, Familia.
After teasing the track earlier in the week, it finally arrived alongside a Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta directed music video, and its a family affair, featuring many of Cabello’s actual family members, including her dad, sister, and cousin.
As she explained on YouTube’s Released, for Camila the song and music video were inspired by Cuban-Mexican family parties from her childhood, where “everybody eats dinner, and then after you put on a little cheap disco ball with lights and suddenly the living room is the dance floor.”
A fitting lead single to kick off the rolling out of her upcoming album, which very obviously is all about Familia. And the first to follow, since her 2019 album Romance, which featured massive hits like “Señorita,” “My Oh My,” and “Liar.”
After taking a break due to many factors including the pandemic and then shooting a movie, Camilla was ready to return to her love of making music and this time around she planned on doing things a little differently. As she told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, “I took a nice little break. I filmed a movie. And then when it was time to get back in the studio I was like, ‘Okay, I want to do this differently than I ever did it before.’ I want to just work with people that are my friends first and people that I build intimate relationships with and I want to do it in an intimate way.”
For Camilla that meant starting off with Scott Harris, who she became close with because he’s a frequent collaborator of Shawn’s (as in Shawn Mendes, Camila’s equally famous and talented boyfriend). “I was like, ‘Hey, do you want to write together?’ And it started off he and I in my bedroom in my house in Miami. And then we brought it over to LA and we brought along Mike Sabath and Ricky Reed and then we made this song.
For this particular project, connecting with her roots was less of a thought out design for Camilla, but more of a manifestation to create a “collective joy.” Telling Apple Music, “I was like, ‘I don’t want to be alone on stage, I don’t want to be alone hopefully doing the tiny desk.” I want it to be that kind of family affair selfishly, because it would make me happy. It would make my life better and that’s what I want, so that’s really what I was trying to manifest with this whole album. And I think “‘Don’t Go Yet’ is sonically and melodically, just me being free.”
While spending time with her loved ones helped in the inspiration department, it more importantly helped Camila overcome a “low point” in her life she wasn’t even aware of until she was forced to stop and take a look, and by doing so it not only made her a better person, but a better artist.