The Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist Hannah Kim records lush dream pop under the name Luna Li. While plans for her debut album are still under wraps, the up-and-coming musician will be supporting Japanese Breakfast on tour this fall, and she’s now shared her new song “Alone But Not Lonely”.
Li’s music first gained traction when she uploaded clips of herself jamming on Instagram. Classically trained in piano and harp, her music possesses an orchestral quality paired with a kaleidoscopic groove. Her new single is a prime example of how she expertly blends her professional training into tried-and-true pop structures for a fresh new sound.
The video for “Alone But Not Lonely” was directed by Maya Balkaran and Kostadin Kolevopens. It opens with a swell of string instruments as she circles a white room decorated with globes. Once the beat starts, the strings fall into place and Li chants the title lyric over and over, as if reminding herself she’s never alone.
“I wrote this song as an act of self-care, to cheer myself up during a darker time,” Li said in an interview with i-D. “The phrase ‘alone but not lonely’ is a mantra I use to remind myself that time I spend with myself is valuable and special, something that should be celebrated.”
Li went on to detail how the song was partly inspired by cockroaches. “I wrote ‘Alone But Not Lonely’ in my very first apartment which was cockroach infested,” she said. “I was feeling really uncomfortable and lonely in the new space, and decided to write this song to cheer myself up and entertain my newfound insect friends.”
Watch the video down below. To check her out on her upcoming tour opening for Japanese Breakfast, grab tickets here. Luna Li’s tour itinerary is just a scroll down the page.
Luna Li 2021 Tour Dates:
09/14–Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
09/15 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
09/16 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
09/17 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
09/18 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
09/19 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
09/23 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
09/25 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune
09/26 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune
09/27 — Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
09/28 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/01 — San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/02 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
10/03 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
10/04 — San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
10/05 — Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/07 — Sante Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
10/08 — Denver, CO @ Ogden
10/09 — Lawrence, KC @ Granada
10/10 — St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
10/11 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/16 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel