Love and tragedy seem to be intertwined. From 'Romeo & Juliet' to the present day, it seems that - in artistic terms, at least - the path of true love never runs smooth. It's something which has obsessed the greatest voices in pop music, and it's something which clearly troubles Cali.
Originally from Seattle, though now splitting her time between London and Dublin, the young artist is blessed with a deeply individual voice. Touching on jazz influences - think Bille Holliday or the velvet tones of Sarah Vaughan - there's a lived in, rough hewn quality which is difficult to deny.
For every rippling glissando Cali seems to add a jagged edge, a short, sharp shock which stops you in your tracks. Mixing the sweet with the sour, the honey with the sting, Cali's new single 'Fatally Yours' is a tale of doomed love.
Expertly constructed, it follows in the path laid down by great love songs of the past but this sense of history, this familiarity seems to add to the dread, the inevitability that this romance will not end happily.
Out on April 15th, 'Fatally Yours' is the first sign from Cali's debut album - a record which utilises Chops Horns on brass, Chris Elliot on string arrangement as well as engineer Dan Parry.
As a special treat for ClashMusic readers Cali has recorded an acoustic version of 'Fatally Yours'. Stripped back, a little more raw than the original, you can listen to it now.
Just for fun... here's the studio version.