Music Review: Por Vida

Victoria Serrato, Staff Reporter

Having previously debuted with the mixtape Drunken Babble, self-described “dislikable Colombian girl” Kali Uchis has made her studio debut with her extended play (EP), Por Vida. Por Vida is the perfect combination of Uchis’s artistic image, girly with attitude. The EP, which was digitally released on February 4, 2015, features production from artists such as Tyler, the Creator, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada and Diplo.

The EP opens with the A Capella track “Sycamore Tree” which features loops of Uchis’s voice to create a dreamy and melodic effect. “Melting” describes the singer’s anticipation to be close to her love interest and her feelings for him. In “Lottery” Uchis questions her lover if he can take his chances with her stating that “Love is like the lottery” and we’re “just learning as we’re growing and progressing.” “Know What I Want” and “Rush”, my personal favorites, are somewhat opposites; “Know What I Want” describes the erratic nature of a bad relationship while “Rush” describes the ease of going with the flow and living in the moment. Both tracks draw influence from music of the 60s and 70s but are nonetheless still catchy and bound to be your new jam(s). The EP closes with the track “Loner” which describes the singers past misfortunes in love and how they have led her to hesitate beginning new relationships.

Currently, Uchis is working on her first full length album, so if you enjoyed Por Vida, stay on the lookout for her new music.