HUNGER IS OUT NOW
Rising, critically acclaimed songstress Mali-Koa finally shares her debut album
Hunger, which she releases today alongside stunning visuals for the title track.
Across twelve incredible songs, Hunger is a remarkable journey documenting
experiences of love, loss and self-empowerment through Mali’s deeply poetic
songwriting and mature pop sound. At the heart of Hunger is Mali’s full-bodied, raspy
and powerfully emotive vocals, which have seen her connect with tastemakers and
millions of fans across the world who have been patiently waiting for Mali’s album
since she captivated them back in 2018 with the buzz track “Honest”.
Opening with the ambitious affirmations of “Hunger”, the album swiftly segues into
the brooding synths and thundering claps of “Get It Wrong”, “Sorry” – currently at
1.5M+ Spotify streams – and the glorious “Revolution”, a smooth gospel-tinged track
featuring the soulful Ella Q and Sing Choir (Prince, Whitney Houston, John Legend,
Charlie Wilson) for a truly spiritual sonic experience.
Tender piano ballad “Hearts” allows Mali’s vocals to take centre stage, setting the
scene perfectly for the vibrant post-breakup single “Me Before You”. “At the End of
the Day” hears Mali emotionally trying one last time to save a relationship before
launching into the heartwrenching orchestral fantasy “Some Things”, the album’s
second single which Mali herself directed and created visuals for.
Hunger’s fifth and final single “Shoebox” is a lesson in shedding what no longer
serves you; the climactic pop ballad’s delicate pizzicato strings, melancholic pianos
and driving 80s style beat are a perfect match for the up-tempo, funky disco-
flavoured grooves of “Human Nature”.
Alt-pop ballad “The Art of Letting Go”, which was produced by Mali’s brother Calum
Hood of 5SOS, serves Imogen Heap-esque vocal vocoding while tugging at the
heartstrings each step of the way, before Mali closes the album with “Dancer”, an
invigorating pop number instilling a strong sense of self-belief and confidence
needed now more than ever.
Recording Hunger during sessions across London, Stockholm and Nashville, Mali
worked with a roster of renowned talent to bring her sonic visions to life including
Dan Muckula (Leona Lewis, Nina Nesbitt), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Sia),
Gil Lewis (U2, Sigala, Emily Burns), Robert Harvey (Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Jax
Jones), Grammy Award winning producer Maestro ‘The Baker’ (Rihanna, J Hus) and
Onree Gill (Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, John Mayor, will.i.am).
Speaking about Hunger and the title track, Mali-Koa explained: “Hunger is an ode to
all the people I’ve been over the last ten years and the ever-changing face of
ambition, love and hope. It’s the notes I never got as a young person, as well as an
encouragement letter to me as an adult. It’s raw and emotional like I am and it
doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. Life is about duality and balance and I wrote
Hunger just the same. I wanted to create something timeless, I know in ten or twenty
years I’ll look back and be proud of the story Hunger told. You always know when
you write a special song, ‘Hunger’ was that song for me. It was born from a place of
love and ambition, with equal parts disappointment and longing. The lyrics were
sharp but honest and the message no matter how daunting, just as hopeful. It was
the ugly truth, but as I’d always known it - real and optimistic. I realised after we’d
written it just how much this particular story above all others meant to me. It was
about all the obstacles, my successes and my shortcomings I’d faced. It’s a nod to
the impossible and all-consuming dream, and the lives we build around them and
manifest for ourselves. The day I wrote ‘Hunger’ in Nashville I remember thinking,
“this is it, this is what I want to say”. It’s the title track of the album because without
‘Hunger’, I’m almost certain there would be no record at all.”
Mali has built critical attention for her music and songwriting from a plethora of
tastemakers including THE GUARDIAN AUS, THE LINE OF BEST FIT, NOTION,
REFINERY29, CLASH MAGAZINE, VICE’s NO BASIC GIRLS ALLOWED,
EARMILK, 1883 MAGAZINE, PAUSE HER, TONE DEAF, SPINDLE, EUPHORIA
and ASBO MAGAZINE alongside her debut Mahogany session and a cover shoot
for HEART EYES MAGAZINE; the politically charged “Revolution” in particular
winning over heavyweight industry names like Elton John, Trevor Nelson and
Laura Whitmore, proving Mali is a multi-faceted artist at the brink of breaking
through into mainstream consciousness.
With her sonically refreshing talent and a major collab with UK chart fixtures Sigma
on the way, Mali-Koa’s debut album is sure to exceed her fans’ expectations and
continue her trajectory towards the upper echelons of the pop sphere.
2. Get It Wrong
3. Sorry (watch)
4. Revolution (watch)
6. Me Before You (watch)
7. At the End of the Day
8. Some Things (watch)
10. Human Nature
11. The Art of Letting Go
12. Dancer (watch)