EP Review: Kali Uchis – TO FEEL ALIVE

by Emily Duff

Kali Uchis’ beautiful ethereal voice is back after a collection of collaborations with the likes of an album in 2020, which is very exciting.

TO FEEL ALIVE EP takes on a new tone from her 2018 debut album, Isolation. With a more Little Dragon, KAYTRANADA and Free Nationals. The new EP is said to be a tease for a new chilled out tone than her past dancey tunes, TO FEEL ALIVE EP brings a calm vibe to her unique voice. Her voice is also complimented with low-fi beats and bird sounds in her opening track, honey baby (SPOILED!). This creates a naturalistic focus as Uchis seems to be giving attention to herself and her emotions in her new music. The whole EP keeps this laid back, reflective atmosphere. Songs like i want war (BUT I NEED PEACE) show the idea of being stuck between what seems good at the time and what will be best for yourself in the long run. With lyrics like, “You kept on callin’ me crazy / But baby, that’s what you made me”, shows the need to focus on yourself rather than the people around you. Uchis has used this new EP to experiment with the calmer sounds she has often explored in other songs. Although, this could all be a ruse and her new album may go entirely in the other direction with more RnB, Hip-Hop Dance tracks.

Having learnt piano and saxophone, Kali is a multiinstrumentalist who found her love for music at a young age. Each of her songs are different and take on the different things she has learnt from her experience of being in an orchestra and working with a range of different artists.

I first came across Kali when she collaborated with Tyler, the Creator (who I’m slightly obsessed with) on the single FUCKING YOUNG for his Cherry Bomb album. Since then, she has created a collection of infallible music. Her first album, Por Vida, being equally as mesmerizing as Isolation. 

Although, if her artwork is any reflection of her music. TO FEEL ALIVE EP seems to take on a more risque. With her previous artwork showing pink clouds, a pool of flowers or Uchis on a royal blue silk backdrop. TO FEEL ALIVE EP does keep the femininity that Uchis likes to exaggerate – but is a little less fit for a PG rated viewing.

Stream TO FEEL ALIVE EP for your perfect chill-out, and keep your eyes peeled for any news of her 3rd album being released…


FACEBOOK: https://m.facebook.com/KaliUchis



Published by emilyduff

Emily is a Journalist and PR Assistant from Newcastle who is currently studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is also the owner and producer of her magazine, Darling, Lifestyle Editor for Forge Press and Marketing Lead for Liberty Belle Magazine.

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