“exquisite, lush . . . audacious aesthetic” – Stereogum
BOSTON (June 12, 2023) – An unintentional nod to Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” Singer Mali releases her debut single, “Play Pretend,” on June 27. The single exalts into a tangoed embrace between the joyful love of romantic relationships and the anguished sighs within them. It’s off the September 22 album release, “Lodestone,” from the Jaggery frontwoman also known as Mali Sastri.
“Play Pretend chronicles the troubles and struggles in a relationship while skirting the edges of breaking up and ultimately facing the conflicts. Singer Mali’s vocals sung through a vocoder give an illusory quality and veiled premise of “playing pretend.” The upright bass drops in just in time for the melodramatic tension of “So why this torment?” as the orchestral strings climax into an organized chaos of emotions.
The album “Lodestone” explores humanity’s dichotomy, the destructive and restorative, love and conflict, individual, familial and societal, and the introspective and external struggles that comprise the wide-ranging aspects of those experiences. All of this is done with the inventiveness Mali is known for through blending and juxtaposing the familiarity and accessibility of pop music with elements more often associated with jazz, classical, musical theater, world music, and the avant-garde.
“Lodestone” Track Listing
- Terror Targets
- My Nature
- To Evolve
- Play Pretend
- You & the Stars
About Singer Mali
Singer Mali is a singer/songwriter, performer/composer based in Boston, MA. For over a decade, she has been the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and frontwoman for the avant-chamber pop/art rock band Jaggery. Jaggery has garnered national and international praise for their “exquisite, lush . . . audacious aesthetic” (Stereogum). With Jaggery, Mali has released six albums and two EPs and toured nationally. Other Jaggery accomplishments include selection for Boston’s Outside the Box Festival (2013, 2016) and a commission to create a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired song cycle by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015). As a solo artist, Mali has toured internationally and composed works for dance (Luminarium Dance), experimental theater (Liars and Believers), and in collaboration with painter Steven Bogart (Ten Paintings, Ten Songs). In 2018, she was a featured speaker for Princeton composition Ph.D. students and served on a panel for a New England branch of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest.
Fri June 16th – The Newberry Artistan Market, Saugerties, NY
Sat June 17th – Barbes, Brooklyn, NY
Sat June 29th – First Church, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
Fri Sep 22nd – Lodestone album release show, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA