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2018 was a big year for Kali Uchis, a 25-year-old Columbian-American artist signed to Interscope Records. She released her debut studio album “Isolation,” which included the RIAA Gold-certified song “After the Storm” with Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins.
Since releasing her album, Uchis released her single “Time” with Free Nationals and Mac Miller, as well as “Solita,” a bilingual reggaetón song produced by Tainy, in 2019. She also collaborated with Kaytranada on the song “10%” and Little Dragon on “Are You Feeling Sad?”
On April 24, 2020, Uchis released “TO FEEL ALIVE,” her second EP. The project, which Uchis announced via her Twitter account, includes four songs, all of which Uchis created in her bedroom while quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Honey Baby (SPOILED)” is the peaceful track that starts the project and is a revised version of “Honey Baby,” which Uchis released in 2013. Uchis sings about being treated “like a queen” in a relationship. She sings, “I love the way you treat me, love the way you touch me / Love the way you feed me like I got the munchies.”
The EP then continues with “Angel,” a reworked version of “Pablo Escobar,” a song Uchis previously released on Soundcloud. Uchis compares herself to an angel in a relationship and says, “I’m your little angel, baby boy, we’re going biblical.” Uchis co-wrote the song with Jason Kirt Simeon Fleming, and also co-produced the song with Bunx Dadda.
Uchis then transitions into the EP’s third song, “I want War (But I Need Peace).” The song begins with Uchis harmonizing with herself along a simple beat. The instrumentals enter the beat by the time Uchis sings the chorus line. “‘Cause I got needs, yeah I got needs / I want war, but I need peace,” Uchis sings in the chorus.
The EP concludes with the title track Uchis wrote and produced all by herself, “To Feel Alive.” Uchis sings about a previous relationship, with a harp as the instrumental. “I loved you well, just for you to turn to an enemy / I love the smell of you burnin’ your last bridge with me.” At the end of the confessional song, she shows off her vocal range by singing high notes over the line “I just wanna feel somethin’.”
With “To Feel Alive,” Kali Uchis further shows her creativity as an artist. Although not a full length album, the four-song EP displays artistic variety and gives Uchis’ fans music to enjoy before she releases her sophomore album.