i have to admit that aesthetic plays a role into the artists i listen to. being from philly, the hub of real (see: beanie sigel) and living in hypebeast capital of the world, i am very sensitive to an artist’s look. this sounds very shallow, i know, but there is a method to the madness. for me, if your style matches that of everyone on tumblr, i can only assume that your music will be equally as unauthentic.
kali uchis was a reminder that assuming can often get you in trouble.
i saw pictures of her in chola gear before hearing any music and wrote her off as another white girl from the heartland playing hood for the time being. (hi miley cyrus) however at the nudging of a friend, i finally checked out her ep “por vida” and i’ve been dreaming of summer ever since.
the virginia raised singer, who is actually columbian, takes the roots of the cali lo-fi sound we obsessed over years ago and gives it a fresh update full of girl power. the first time i listened to “por vida” we were still in winter coats and it was the perfect distraction. the opening track is a capella making it clear that kali isn’t a pretty face with an okay voice that we’ve been fed lately. reminiscent of amy winehouse, her voice has a smoky texture, while simultaneously being obnoxiously sweet. production on the ep, which includes tyler the creator on the boards, makes it feel like a concept album. the songs flow perfectly into each other making for an easy listen.
i’ve already solidified that india shawn’s “outer limits” ep will be the soundtrack for the warmer months, but it needs to make room for “por vida”!
::wines while “know what i want” blasts from the speakers::