Kari Faux Finds Herself While ‘Lost En Los Angeles’
*~* I feel like I should begin this article with a disclaimer – I am completely in love with Kari Faux. Laugh Now, Die Later was the soundtrack to my life for the entire year of 2015, I felt super special to be in attendance for her first NYC show at Webster Hall and I’m just ready for her to blow the fuck up already. *~*
Kari Faux’s debut album Lost En Los Angeles is cohesive, honest, laid back, and full of beautiful one-liners (*hums* “don’t be a head ass nigga to meee”). It feels like the culmination of a bevy of experiences and a willingness to experiment with new sounds and new people; ultimately LELA sounds like what happens when an artist is willing to take their time to create. And it’s no accident that the project comes across in that way. Though fans on the interwebs consistently asked Kari about new music after her smash Laugh Now, Die Later mixtape, she refused to be rushed, cultivating an album that reflected her new life in Los Angeles – a city miles and galaxies away from Little Rock, Arkansas.
The switch up in scenery didn’t completely change Kari’s uncanny perspective, signature dead-pan delivery, witty sarcastic observations of the “cool” kids (who don’t just exist on the “Internet” but are here in real life too like on "This Right Here"), or her southern sensibility that rides on top of and in between the new genres (like on the absolute bop “Lie 2 My Face”) and situations she finds herself in (“Lost En Los Angeles”). Though LELA keeps the theatrics and features to a minimum (there are no features! Go off Kari!!) her flow/production and the musicality of long time collaborator (and apparent musical prodigy) Black Party, delivers a refreshing piece that is nostalgic in its retro sound but is still somehow completely relevant.
I often like to pick my favorite songs from an EP/album, but since I don’t have a “favorite” I thought I'd point out the five songs that truly capture the essence of Lost En Los Angeles just in case you don’t listen to the whole album (which would be silly because it’s great, Kari is great, and she is the future and you can buy it here).
"Lost En Los Angeles" – obvious choice since it’s the title track and because it vividly captures that feeling of not only being in a new city but also beginning a new life.
"Law of Attraction" – She said that it was one of her favorites, and who are we to leave it off the list?
"Supplier" – The groove man, the groove. Kari just understands it!
"Lie 2 My Face" – You can’t find a bop hotter right now. Sorry.
"Nothing 2 Lose" – The production feels like an N.E.R.D. track and it strangely mixes gloom with positive resignation: “I got a bag full of heaven and a couple of brews, I got nothing to lose.”
BONUS: "This Right Here" because how many times have we all said "hold my fucking phone, this right here my song"??