Following her breakout 2017 folk-pop EP Rush, Chennai singer-songwriter Mali quickly became a household name in the independent scene, with the wider world recently catching up. Between getting selected for Spotify’s RADAR program for emerging artists to a spot in the 2021 Forbes India 30 under 30 list, Mali aka Maalavika Manoj had a lot of new eyes on her ahead of her debut LP, Caution to the Wind.
The three lead singles made it clear that her sound was evolving, but that’s something we’ve come to expect from Mali, who is known for her unique production choices. But perhaps no one could have predicted that she would swerve this sharply from her acoustic roots and to such wonderful effect. Aided by Indo-Canadian sound engineer Arnob Bal, she takes a leap from being Mali the singer-songwriter to bring her visions as a producer to life.
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