In her newest release, I Wish You Roses, Kali Uchis again brings her crisp falsetto to the forefront, riding the waves of a sultry groove that is sure to take you “there.”

Kali Uchis, juxtaposed against a blue, red and orange transparent rose
I Wish You Roses – released Jan 19, 2023

“I wish you love. I wish you well. I wish you roses while you can still smell them…” Truthfully, listening to this track, I don’t know if I should be sad because of love lost, or honored at the potential for love at all. Between the guitar riffs melding with her wistful harmonies and the pulsating bassline moving you through a story comparing the beauty of roses with the possibility of a bee sting, Kali paints a vivid picture of sorrow, happiness, remembrance, and gratitude.

I was a rose in the garden of weedsMy petals are soft and silky as my sheetsSo do not be afraid to get pricked by the thornsWhile I’m here, I’m someone to honorWhen I’m gone, I’m someone to mourn
But if you and my heartShould someday drift apartI’ll make sure to give you these blessingsBecause they’re all I’ve got
My love’s deep as the oceanDon’t you drown on meJust know any love I gave youIs forever yours to keep
I initially listened to I Wish You Roses on my studio monitors, and I could tell that the production was well done. However, once I put on my earbuds, I was fully immersed in her energy. “You’re gonna want me back… You know I can’t do that.” The stereo field was wide and warm, there was a great balance in the panning between the vocals and the instruments, the bass was not overwhelming, and the drums were right in the pocket. Admittedly, I haven’t paid much attention to her before today, but she officially has my ear. Go check her out!