Los Angeles’ KiNG MALA releases new album “Gemini”

KiNG MALA is the moniker of musical artist Areli Castro.  It is a three-piece alternative soul band from Los Angeles, California.  Her new album is Gemini.  She released “If I Try to Find You” & “Homebody” in October.   Other popular releases include Sugarblind (2020), and Hurricane (2019). Raised in a Hispanic home, the artist is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+, POC, and Indigenous communities and being open about mental health.

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KiNG MALA latest track is "Homebody". She released "If I Try to Find You" in early October. Other songs include Sugarblind (2020), and Hurricane (2019)."
Alt-Pop KiNG MALA releases Gemini Photo credit: Lauren Shelburne

When asked about the inspiration for the name Areli Castro (KiNG MALA) says,

king cuz f**k being someone’s queen, and mala literally means “bad b**ch” in spanish.

Castro hopes her music may allow others to feel confident and cool.  Areli adds:

I hope it helps people feel okay with what they feel, I’m a person with very intense feelings and it took me a long time to realize that that’s a gift not a weakness.

KiNG MALA latest track is "Homebody". She released "If I Try to Find You" in early October. Other songs include Sugarblind (2020), and Hurricane (2019).
Alt-Pop KiNG MALA releases Gemini

“Homebody” is some of her most honest work to date, with the songwriter not openly admitting her feelings and not trying to disguise who she is at heart.  Castro confides:

This song is about my social anxiety and how much I really just want to be home like… all of the time. I’ve struggled for a long time feeling like I belonged and trying to be comfortable with myself. I truly always feel awkward and dorky and misplaced at every party I’m invited to, and the more I talked to people about it, the more I’ve realized most people feel the exact same way as I do.

Produced by Rob Auerbach and mastered by John Greenham (Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Banks).

Back in Early October, she released “If I Try To Find You.”, Castro says:

This song is a super personal one for me. I was thinking about a relationship I had when I was 16/17 with someone much older than me and wondering how that person is and where they might be now.”

The song is produced by Rob Auerbach and mastered by John Greenham (Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Banks).

Another track you might want to check out is “Sugarblind”.  When asked about “Sugarblind”, Castro said:

I typically write pretty heavy stuff, but ‘sugarblind’ is really different.  It is so fun and carefree and I want the listeners to feel that, especially if they are typically melancholic the way I am.

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