It’s not often you hear of a psychotherapist entering the singer-songwriter world but that’s where Kalila Badali comes from. The Toronto based artist taught herself guitar and songwriting as a way to express her understanding of the world from the perspective of a neurodivergent, learning-disabled person. With more neurodivergent people discovering their diagnosis and gaining a new understanding of their mind to build from, it is an important voice to hear loud. Her forthcoming EP “Panacea” deals with the idea of helplessness and the transition towards acceptance of different brains.
New single “No Eye Contact” moves from funky alt-pop basslines to pretty choruses and a rocking finale. It’s a comment on how you can build relationships online and through text without ever seeing them in person and the digital form may not match reality. “Something I keep returning to about the title is how it plays into neurodivergence and how significant eye contact is a tough subject for many neurodivergent people,” says Kalila. “Whether it’s giving too much or not enough, people are often making commentary about what eye contact communicates. In this song, I was also trying to reconcile with my own panicked response to having no eye contact while being present in person, but also in how much more projection and fantasy could take place when there was no eye contact at all during the online interactions.”
Enjoy the single “No Eye Contact” below, it’s out now. For more information on Kalila Badali, chose your preferred platform using Linktree.
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