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Is Kali Masi’s Sophomore LP One Of The Best Records of 2021?

The Chicago Indie punks have dropped their latest album [laughs] and it may well be the album that gives them the credit they deserve.

Four-piece Kali Masi may have flown under your radar but it’s never too late to discover your next favourite band.

If there’s one word that can describe [laughs], it’s ‘deliverance’. [laughs] sees the band striving to break out of their personal chains to forge new paths. The album is a collection of ambitious songs, musically and lyrically and the songs seem to focus on the universal truth that the power and courage to be who we are is and always has been inside of ourselves.

Singer and guitarist Sam Porter shares the narrative of feeling out of place, both in your hometown and your own skin, and explores that alienation as we strive for growth.

Kali Masi has never been a band to hold anything back, and the four-piece stays true to this promise on this new album. From start to finish, [laughs] is cutting, crucial and honest, with poetic recollections of the past and contemplative acceptance of self in the present.

Recording once again with hardcore icon Jay Maas, co-founder of Defeater, Kali Masi has crafted another masterful balance of urgency, tension and alluring instrumental harmony.

The ten tracks on this album are as much for feeling lonely in a room full of familiar faces, as for restless nights in the throes of transition and growth. No matter where you are in life, Kali Masi is here with an explosive passion for finding who we are — and celebrating it.

[laughs] is out now on 12″/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records in North America, and in EU via  Homebound Music.

Stream [laughs] HERE.
Purchase Vinyl HERE.


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