The first time I heard/saw Kali Uchis was almost two years ago. The nostalgic video for ‘Table For Two’ dropped mid-to-late February 2013 and went pretty unnoticed, at first. I didn’t see the video until maybe late October, but when I did, I fell in love. And it wasn’t just the way her high-waisted pants looked on her with that matching crop top. Her whole aesthetic was new to me. I was almost overstimulated by the amount of style she had. She could mix ‘60s with hints of urban and punk influence, making what she did her own (I believe that's the definition of "steeze"). And that was just the attire.
The video, which overlaid vintage cartoon graphics on top of a Wes Anderson-esque production, matched this personality, allowing the whole experience to tie together.
Her releases following this video showed how versatile she could really be.
What seemed like a purely sweet and sultry young woman, showed her not-so-innocent side in the videos for ‘What They Say’ and ‘Know What I Want’. While the music keeps the same hazy, laid-back vibe, she has the ability to range her content (see: ’Never Be Yours’).
The Colombian-born, Northern Virginia resident recently released her first major project, an EP titled Por Vida. The nine-track extended play features production from Bunx Dadda, Tyler The Creator, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD among others. You can stream it below or download from her website here.