Originally from Seattle, now relocated in Los Angeles, Malia returns with pure bliss on her latest video and single “Simple Things.” The video and track pay homage to Malia’s own struggle trying to find where she belongs and what truly makes her happy, versus the mundane cycles of a 9-5. According to a press release, Malia explains, “I was so unhappy and realized that everything about my life had to change,” she recalls. “That’s when I sat down and had the first, honest conversation I’d had with myself in years. I asked myself, “What makes you truly happy, fears aside?” … and I knew the answer was and always had been music. I had been running from my happiness for years, in fear of what people might say, reaffirming on the regular that my musical skills were not good enough to make it.” From that point she changed her mind set and started to focus on her joy again. She bought a guitar and began to self-teach.
A slung college tee from Seattle is thrown in the laundry basket as shots of sage burning and a better reality make ways within the opening scenes of “Simple Things.” The video’s lush and vivid use of colors from the start instantly eases the mind as Malia’s relaxed vocals take center stage, almost proudly proclaiming ‘this is happiness.’ Directed by Malia and Quentin Lamont, the video’s personal conviction that is portrayed by Malia are one of the reasons why this video is beautiful. An amount of limitless possibilities are featured, highlighting Malia as something small in this vast world by the use of far shots, to the cascading day and night scenery melting time. Musically, “Simple Things” is just that- simple- yet doesn’t lack depth. By the time the track hits the hook, “Simple Things” takes a soulful approach, dripping with R&B vibes, it is impossible to not fall in love with Malia or life.
11/24 – Vancouver, Canada @ The Vogue Theatre
11/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
11/28 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/01 – Las Vegas, NV Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
12/02 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Observatory
12/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
12/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Novo