16-year-old artist Kali, full name Kali Flanagan, shares the last single and video ahead of her forthcoming debut EP, Circles, out May 7th. Co-directed by Zealand Yancy and Sophia Ziskin, the video for “I Just Wanna,” which premiered via NYLON, meets the singer in a frantic state as she runs down her red-lit neighborhood, urgently grasping for something just out of reach. The song follows her previously-released singles “Back To The Start” and “Lucy,” and is a perfect last offering from an EP that is bound to poise KALI as one of the brightest burgeoning artists this year.
For Kali, 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.