After Willow Smith debuted a new single earlier this month with Travis Barker, titled “Transparent Soul”, the young singer promises a new collab with Avril Lavigne is coming.
The pop-punk track, which draws inspiration from Paramore and Fall Out Boy, features the Blink182 drummer. Smith also dropped an accompanying music video.
“I knew a boy just like you/He’s a snake just like you/Such a fake just like you/But I can see the truth,” she sings in “Transparent Soul”.
According to Smith, the song was inspired by a quote she read from Hindu guru Radhanath Swami, telling Rolling Stone, “It really spoke to me… and that’s kind of how the idea of this song came to be.”
“It is said that a saintly person is so pure that he or she acts like a spotless mirror,” the famous quote goes. “When we come in the presence of such a mirror-like soul, we can see both the beauty and ugliness of our inner life.”
In a new interview with W magazine, which was published on Monday, Smith explained, “I needed to get that pop-punk cosign. I wanted that 2007 Avril angst. When I heard what she did with what I sent her, I felt like I was transported back to my tween days, in the car, just screaming, ‘I don’t have to try to make you realize!’ It was beyond any joy that I could have imagined.”
“Transparent Soul” is Smith’s first release since her 2020 album release R I S E.
There’s no word yet on when the new album drops.