Artist of The Week
Artist Of The Week: Kali Uchis1:28 AM
If you already listened to the playlist I shared a few days ago, you have already heard a few songs by her, but now let me introduce her art as a whole - This time the artist of the week is Kali Uchis.
Heavy lip liner to match the heavy eyeliner and thrifted outfits, while her Bridgette Bardot blonde hair reveals a love of sixties and seventies soul and the open-minded culture embroiled within it. Her chola Barbie look is also displayed in her raspy vocals, easily switching from sugary gloss to Latino sass with Amy Winehouse hints.
Colombian singer-songwriter Kali Uchis' saccharine sound mixes decades and styles, gaining notoriety and support from popular musicians Snoop Dogg and Rick Rubin – after navigating vintage samples on her 2013 debut Drunken Babble. She has recently released the Por Vida EP, nine tracks of modern soul produced by the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Kaytranada.
“I detest trends
or brand names,
I prefer to make my own clothes
and use style as another creative outlet
rather than buy expensive clothes that
everyone else wants.”-Kali Uchis
Kali's allusion to low-rider cool isn’t the only theme in her creative concepts. Her visuals are a near idealistic vision of unity, freedom and female empowerment, creating worlds where the sugar crushed fantasy of her music can live.
She says that being raised between Colombia and the U.S. has helped her see the world in a different light. "I was very aware that my present circumstances were always malleable and that there's a whole other world out there" she explains, "No matter if you feel stuck, you can live so many different lives just inside this one."
Let me know what you think of Kali's music and style in the comments.