Young and full of musical prowess, 17-year-old Kali Flanagan, known by her stage name KALI, is unabashed in her music and has a lot to say about being young and navigating the world at large. Writing about the pangs of youth and how confusing it is to grow older, introspective lyrics meet a delicious indie-pop sound in KALI’s music where together, tones and themes reverberate to create a warm and inviting space to explore thoughts and feelings.
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KALI’s debut EP Circles made a splash earlier this year with six sharply tuned tracks all about her personal experiences and the stories she and her friends share with each other. Standout tracks such as “Lucy” helped encapsulate the anticipation of young love while other singles such a “Again” focused on the broader intricacies of such emotions.
Whether excited or taking a step back, KALI’s music captures a distinct sense of learning by trial and error, all the while hopeful but unsure. Polishing off life experiences into a cohesive theme, KALI shines at relaying personal details in a universal way, giving listeners an introspective view of the young artist while also leaving space to see themselves in KALI’s music.
With more to come next year, including a 2022 US tour supporting indie artist Claud and a new EP underway, KALI is one of our youngest artists to watch, but that only gives her more time to blossom. Catch KALI live in Los Angeles on March 9 at the Troubadour and on March 11 at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana.
Words: Patti Sanchez