Today, 16-year-old artist KALI, full name Kali Flanagan, opens up the year by announcing that her debut EP CIRCLES is out May 7th. The project includes her previously-released single “Back To The Start” as well as the new track “Lucy,” releasing today. The new song builds upon the lush and intuitive songwriting that encapsulate the aforementioned “Back To The Start,” with the new song turning its eyes towards a burgeoning love story. The video, directed by Zealand Yancy and Sophia Ziskin who also directed KALI’s first visual, captures this sentiment perfectly as it documents the beginnings of KALI and Lucy’s romance.
For KALI, who was named an artist to watch in 2021 by NYLON, music is a foundation. At an early age, her parents acknowledged her musical inclinations, putting her in piano lessons at the age of four. Her heart had been set on the guitar, which she now plays as well as bass, keyboard, drums and violin, but agrees that piano lessons were a fit place to start: “It was a great idea because it’s the center and the foundation of everything theory-wise.”
A prodigy of sorts, KALI grew up playing recitals and covering Beatles songs, taking private lessons with music teachers and going to after school music programs, and even taking songwriting masterclasses to nourish her passion. In 2017, KALI assembled her first band, Big Wednesday. Intuitive and eager, she taught herself how to use Garageband and began writing and demoing songs that she would later teach her bandmates for their shows. Their relatable and honest indie-surf arrangements drew sweaty, teenage crowds to local venues like The Smell and The Viper Room and would lead her to her now solo work as KALI, whose debut project is coming soon.