Kali Uchis’ “Loner” Video Is a Sugary Neon Fever Dream

Few artists these days still have the total package, but there’s no doubt that Kali Uchis is one of them. The Colombian singer directs, produces, and edits all of her videos, in addition to writing all of her music. We’re still reeling from her silky Por Vida EP, which dropped earlier this year. That soulful collection of songs produced the pensive ballad “Loner,” and now the crooner has shared a video to accompany the melancholy track. In her short career, Kali Uchis has already produced several iconic videos that spotlight her sugary neo-chola aesthetic and BAMF attitude (see her “Beat It Creep” T-shirt), like the clips for “Rush” and “Know What I Want.”

So of course, the visuals for “Loner” are just as gorgeous. At an abandoned drive-in, Uchis sips milkshakes and dances by the jukebox, all under a haunting neon glow that matches her pristine pastel wardrobe. Uchis and co-director Andy Hines aren’t afraid to cite the vivid and meticulous visual style of Wes Anderson, limiting the video’s color palette to soft pinks, mint greens, and sky blues. It’s a cinematic and dreamy clip – another success for Uchis’ small repertoire. In a musical landscape where experimentation and fragmentation are almost trite these days, it’s at once refreshing and familiar to have artists like Kali Uchis, who choose to return to their roots and center their retro sensibilities.