Toronto Artist KALILA BADALI Bewitches With Her Wayward Pop Piece ‘DOTTY MAE’

New striking strokes

3 November 2022


(Photo Credit: Taimoor Khan, Kalila Badali, Dall-E)

Artist: KALILA BADALI
Who: An alt-folk/art-pop singer-songwriter and psychotherapist based in Toronto. Her music strikes an ethereal balance between witchy folk and danceable, yet mood, pop.

New single: DOTTY MAE

Badali: “I wrote “Dotty Mae” after spending a whole summer working seven days a week as a new psychotherapist and an inclusion specialist at a summer camp in Toronto. To conclude this busy summer, I celebrated with my beloved co-workers at a cottage near Presqu’ile beach in Prince Edward County. It was there that I met Dotty Mae and had my tarot read for the first time, sitting cross-legged at the edge of a forest.”

The music video narrative plays with similar themes to the song “Dotty Mae” – more specifically about inflated traumatic responses to relationships. The video has two locations: the forest and the beach. The forest scene plays on the fight responses to trauma, further symbolized by a Stag-Horned Beetle’s pincers in the form of a headpiece. Meanwhile, shots on the beach are meant to represent a more fawning, attach-cry stance that sits in contrast to the hardness of the forest persona.

TUTV: Badalia has that bewitching presence in sound and vision as British theatrical
act Florence + The Machine. Wayward, yet seductive. Capricious, yet arresting.

Find out why here…

KATILA BADALI: Facebook – Instagram

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