The track features Blink-182's Travis Barker on the drums

By Nicholas Rice
April 28, 2021 10:26 AM
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Willow Smith is showing off a different side of herself as a musician.

On Tuesday evening, the 20-year-old singer dropped her new song, "Transparent Soul," the first single from her forthcoming album.

Featuring Blink-182's Travis Barker on the drums, Smith croons, "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," on the pop-punk inspired single.

"Transparent Soul," also comes with an accompanying music video, which shows Smith adorned in all-black attire, including large combat boots, a studded belt and a chained collar necklace.

"I am so grateful for this tune because it was created in such an introspective time [during the first couple months of quarantine]," Smith said in a statement, per Complex. "It was the song that proved to me that I needed to let go of the insecurities I had about making a project of this genre."

WILLOW - t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l feat. Travis Barker
Credit: Willow Smith/Youtube

Sharing a snippet of the music video on Instagram, Smith wrote, "I am so GRATEFUL and EXCITED to start this new journey ! 🧨LET THE VIBES COMMENCE🧨."

"THANK YOU to @vernonfrancois @raoulalejandre @trippydana @chloeandchenelle @tylrewilcox for helping me execute my creative vision for the visualizer 🙏🏾," the Red Table Talk co-host added. "you are DEEPLY appreciated ❤️."

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Smith's next album is set to be released this summer, according to Complex.

The soon-to-be-released music will follow the singer's previous projects, including her 2020 EP Rise with Jahnavi Harrison and the LP The Anxiety with Tyler Cole, her self-titled album from 2019, 2017's The 1st and Ardipithecus from 2015.

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Speaking with Rolling Stone about her new track, Smith said that it was inspired by a quote she had read from Radhanath Swami, a Hindu guru.

The quote, according to the outlet, reads: "It is said that a saintly person is so pure that he or she acts like a spotless mirror. When we come in the presence of such a mirror-like soul, we can see both the beauty and ugliness of our inner life."

"I read that quote, and it really spoke to me," Smith told the publication. "And that's kind of how the idea of this song came to be."

Smith also noted that listening to artists such as Avril Lavigne and My Chemical Romance inspired her new musical direction, which is one she said she didn't think she "had the voice to sing."

"That was insanely inspiring. I always felt like I wanted to do it, but for some reason was really insecure and felt like I couldn't," she explained. "And so when COVID hit and quarantine started, I just kind of needed something new — everything was slowing down, and I wanted to try something that I had never tried before."