Rising singer/songwriter KALI trudges through a failing romance on “Anybody Else”

Rising singer/songwriter KALI trudges through a failing romance on "Anybody Else"
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Los Angeles’ own rising singer/songwriter KALI has unveiled their first release of 2022 with the rambunctious heartbreak of “Anybody Else.” Amidst the melodic clamor of stuttering piano keys and wailing guitars the song at first resembles an intense devotional, one penned by the 17-year-old artist about an infatuation that was just starting to take off. But it’s not all sunshine and roses for KALI despite just how much they sincerely gush over their perceived romance. You can almost feel them trying to will into existence via their tender lyricism and the song’s somber sonics.


But all it does is give way to a revelation for KALI as they start to realize this person they’ve put on a pedestal isn’t the same one they’re actually dating. And that sometimes the distance between two people is more than just miles. On “Anybody Else” this moment comes as the melody distorts and untangles itself into something hopeful and empowering. By the song’s end, KALI has done a complete turnaround as they howl alongside shrieking riffs.

“Anybody Else” follows KALI’s debut EP CIRCLES which introduced fans to the multi-instrumentalist and budding producer’s love of soaking their originally indie-surf, guitar-driven rock in the dreamy glow of their deepest intimacies. Keep your eyes peeled for KALI’s second EP which is due out soon!


“I wrote this song when I started seeing someone and shortly after I began to fall for them they left for Europe. Simultaneously my best friend was falling in love, resulting in romanticized and unrealistic expectations that I projected onto my own situationship,” KALI spoke of the song’s inspiration. “I got stumped in the middle of writing the song because I felt that the infatuation I began the song with wasn’t parallel to the reality that I was falling for someone who almost wasn’t tangible. Accepting the anxiety and alarm bells this set off, subconsciously I indulged in a confrontation of self-doubt and distrust with myself, ending the song with ‘I wish I never trusted you.'”

KALI is on tour this month making stops at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on March 9 and at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on March 11. Both dates are in support of Claud. Visit KALI’s website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Listen to KALI’s new single “Anybody Else”

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KALI tour
3/4 – Portland, OR @ Holocene*
3/6 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
3/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall*
3/9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour*
3/11 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*
3/12 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress*
3/15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall*
3/16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (BMI Presents: Howdy Texas Day Party at Saxon Pub)
3/16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Nettwerk Showcase at The Driskill, presented by Ones To Watch, The Ally Coalition, Women in Music)
3/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (FLOODFEST at The Mohawk)
3/18 – Austin TX @ SXSW (Billboard panel at Smash ATX)
3/19 – Dallas, TX @ Tulips FTW*
3/21 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
3/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
3/24 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage*
3/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit*
3/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live*
3/27 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
3/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*

* w/ Claud

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