Mali-Koa | "Some Things"
Earlier in June, Sydney born singer/songwriter, Mali-Koa released her beautifully moving new single “Some Things”, which is the second single to be released from her forthcoming debut album following the release of her first singles such as “Honest” and “All This Love”. Mali co-wrote “Some Things” with songwriters Ollie Green and Hannah Yadi and have all together created an affectional ballad laced intricately with stirring pianos and compelling strings.
The accompanying video to “Some Things”, previously scheduled for filming pre-lockdown, has been filmed and directed by Mali herself, purely using her iPhone. Mali has created a serene and tranquil aesthetic throughout the video, depicting the contemplative tone of the single as she explores themes such as pain, anguish, rumination and adjustment throughout life and how it often leaves people feeling vacant and detached from their feelings. The video moves from scene to scene with each showing Mali in her home trying to rearrange her spaces to make things seem normal and habitual but as the end of the video closes in we get the impression that time is what is needed to restore normality in her life.
Reflecting on the single and complementing self-directed visuals for “Some Things”, Mali-Koa expressed: “This song is about all the times I’ve broken up with someone and thought, ‘I need to change my hair, reinvent myself and cut the carbs.’ I’m constantly clutching at change in the hope to feel better, especially at the end of a relationship. “Some Things” is about finally admitting that with time comes healing and change, but equally a lot of moments or feelings aren’t as easy to forget. When thinking about ways I could show that in the video, the idea of change felt constant. It’s easy to switch up the physical in the hope it’ll affect the way you feel inside. I found making this video challenging but rewarding; under the circumstances, I wanted to open myself up to trying new things even if uncomfortable.”
Mali-Koa in her brief time as a singer/songwriter has worked with artists such as JP Cooper on his single “All This Love” and even co-written US rapper G-Easy’s title track for his album “The Beautiful and Damned”. When asked about her collaborative work, specifically song-writing, Mali explained: “At the end of the day, when a song speaks to you in volumes effortlessly. That’s the kind of Music I want to make.”
Mali’s journey into popular music has been a humble one with one of her first singles “Honest” being released completely independently by herself and combined with Mali’s sterling attitude and real lyrics, it is understandable why she has such a large following on social media (800k+) with people passionate to hear her music. There is no doubting that Mali’s upcoming debut album will be nothing shy of a triumph and Mali herself simply says that “It is really an invitation for you to sit by me and have an open conversation. It’s all very personal."
Next week her third single "Me Before You", from her debut album goes live - so keep your eyes peeled for new instalments from rising artist Mali-Koa.
“A searing, deeply personal vocal.” – CLASH
“Passionate vocals that draw energy from a deep place of hurt.” – EARMILK