R&B songbird Kali Claire stands as one of the most exciting new names in UK music, continuing to impress listeners and proving to be a breath of fresh air. She marks this latest chapter in her ascension with the release of her latest EP Songs By The Pool.
Preceded by a string of sensational singles in 2020 including “Easy”, “Heartfelt” and recent release “Seen Me Like This”, her second project in as many years sees four unreleased cuts that herald her maturing pen while sonically aiming to capture the essence of her time travelling across Europe supporting BRIT Award-winner Mabel on tour, charmed by the sights and sounds of her trip.
Starting off boldly with the dancehall inspired “Give Him Life” and its lilting steel pan melody, Songs By The Pool is a thematic journey that takes you through different moods; afro-inspired rhythms make “Mess Me Up” the irresistible body-mover, contrasted with late night feels and sensual melodies that exude on “Seen Me Like This” and the upbeat thumper of “Jealousy” that closes out the EP. Songs By The Pool is proven to be instantly immersive and transportive, crystallised by her honey-glazed vocals, a distinctive factor in her art.
With this new EP, Kali’s primary aim is to impart a feel-good message of empowerment. She explains:
“You’re human. I feel like I tend to try and block out emotions quite a lot to stop myself from getting hurt. Right now, the world is not a very happy place and if I can give you a song and it makes you happy for like three minutes, then I want to make you happy for three minutes.”
Since her breakout in summer 2019 with her debut EP Symptoms of a Teen, Kali Claire has continued to captivate audiences and make major waves, much to the note of i-D, NOTION, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE and a plethora of further tastemakers. Her place as part of the iconic adidas London’s #HereToCreate Autumn/Winter campaign cemented her place as a relevant face of the culture and a sold-out Sofar Sounds show only reaffirms her superstar ability.
Kali clearly has the world at her feet, marching to the beat of over 1M streams across all tracks on Spotify plus 50K monthly listeners, and with Songs By The Pool, it serves as not only a celebration of overcoming but also a beautiful milestone in what is sure to be long and fruitful career ahead.
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