Watch: Karolina Rose adds noir alt-pop twist to Shakira’s “Objection”

Emerging NYC alt-pop artist Karolina Rose has followed up her well-received single “Greytopia” with a dark spin on Shakira’s legendary “Objection.” The Shakira classic is a sexy yet playful story of a tortured love triangle, and is mirrored here in the indulgent production of Karolina’s high-class offering helmed by Elliot Jacobson (VÉRITÉ, Allie X, Elle King).

Speaking about her take on “Objection,” Karolina explains: “She’s such a global, iconic superstar and I have loved her songs all my life. I randomly started belting out ‘Objection’ in between a session with my producer Elliot – he then encouraged me to cover the song while putting our own twist on it. We filmed with my friend’s baby to represent motherhood and the Divine Feminine strength. This decision was also intended to be an ode to Shakira, given that she posed with a baby on the iconic artwork for her Oral Fixation, Vol. 1 album.” 

Compared to the glittery upbeat rhythms in “Greytopia”, the dusky groove of “Objection” perfectly exhibits Karolina’s versatile, unique brand of ‘noir rose pop’: alluring, seductive and layered, with a prick of danger.

Often focusing on deeper perspectives in her music, the quickly-rising indie singer’s compelling twist on “Objection” sounds gloomier than the original, while still brilliantly channeling its sass, empowerment and frustration.  

“Objection” is step two in Karolina’s upcoming visual EP project, which will witness the AWAL artist tell a tale of love, loss and healing through four spectacular video experiences. The future is clearly bright for Karolina Rose, a sensational artist unfolding who has the potential to reach the upper echelons of the pop sphere with several more enthralling anthems to come.